Balancing dragonflies and butterflies, made of bamboo, wood, or white card. That might sound a little prosaic until you see these creatures in action. And action is the operative word. They will perch on almost anything -- the top of a thin stalk of bamboo, a fingertip, a laptop’s monitor -- and they don’t like falling off.

But why would you want to make such soothing, graceful, elegant creatures fall off in the first place? In fact, Takada sees them as items that can help to soothe a troubled mind, and if you have one perched near you in everyday life it's quite easy to start believing him. Far more than just a beautifully carved object, the bamboo dragonflies in particular can almost seem to be alive in their own unique way.

Woodwings, both dragonflies and butterflies, come in three basic varieties: plain bamboo, painted wood and white card. The first two arrive fully assembled, and the third is a DIY kit.

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