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Meet Lap Ngo of Knocks On Wood Productions in Anaheim

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lap Ngo.

Lap, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am an amateur photographer, amateur woodworker and amateur business owner. I’ve been shooting since high school, I’ve always had an interest in woodworking but didn’t get into it until relatively recently in my life. I’ve been in the designer toy industry since 2009, and I’ve wanted to contribute to the community for some time. I took my passions and combined them to come up with the company Knocks on Wood Productions. Once I figured a way to get figures produced the way I wanted, I reached out to an artist I admire, kaNO, and we worked together to create the Wooden Bodega to commemorate kaNO’s 10th anniversary of his release of the original vinyl version of the Bodega. And that’s the start of Knocks On Wood!

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been so very easy! Everything I touch turns to gold (or wood for that matter)! Just kidding, there are so many issues that I was not able to foresee. Even some I could see coming from miles away, but despite my best efforts, still trip over those stumbling blocks. It’s okay though, we have to learn from my mistakes and grow. The main crux of the struggles for us is communication. I speak a little bit of my mother language and technology has definitely made it easier to say words at each other, but communicating the feeling and the essence of a project takes time and patience. Like anything in life, we just have to keep working at, trying to improve each step of the way. What do they say? Progress not perfection.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Knocks On Wood Productions story. Tell us more about the business.
Essentially we take ideas and concepts, either from artists or for our own mind, and get it made in wood. We started off with three-dimensional figure that would appeal to the designer toy collecting community that I love so much. Right now, we are only a couple of years old and only have one figure out for sale in 3 colorways. We have a few figures in the works but due to Covid19, the overseas factory we work with is shut down for the time being. That with other things beyond our control has essentially put a halt to production. In the meantime, we are trying to experiment with doing things in house, and I think there is a lot of promise. The in house factory is still under development but I am very excited to be able to share with our supporters what we have been up soon.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Even more so than before, I see the advancements in technology giving the lone artist more control over their artwork and products. Before, you would need to go to a production company or find a factory and invest a decent amount of money to produce a figure. Now it’s much easier with 3D printers, inexpensive casting silicones and resins, to self-produce low runs of your own figure. I look forward to people who are classically trained using new tech to up their game, as well as new artist using technology in ways established artists have never thought about!

Onto a shift I’d like to see is for the designer toy industry is for it to go into a more eco-friendly direction. More reusable packaging, more eco-friendly materials, more sustainability. Disposable packaging is a particular issue I’ve had with the community. We have tried our best to create packaging that can be reused or recycled, but we are still learning and have already made plans for a more sustainable packaging system. All the wood we use is sourced from sustainable timber farms.

Pricing:

  • Wood Bodega, Original Color – edition of 100 – $165
  • Wood Bodega, Red or Blue – edition of 10 each color – $175
  • “Wood” Bumper Sticker – $5
  • Knocks on Wood flight tag – $7

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Image Credit:

Lap Ngo Photography, kaNO.

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