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  • The spirit of the Japanese shokunin was drummed into all students at Shokugei Gakuin from the very first day, and it is this shokunin spirit (shokunin katagi) — a sense of pride in all aspects of the task at hand — that is at the heart of all my work. By its very nature, kumiko craft (kumiko zaiku) is largely done by hand. I use machines where practical to broadly dimension the timber, but final dimensioning, and cutting and fitting each of the thousands of individual pieces that can go to make up a complex shoji door, window or screen, can only be done by hand. Each one of these thousands of pieces receives the same individual care in planing and fitting. It is very time-consuming work, and this is where the uncompromising shokunin katagi is pivotal.

  • The vast majority of my work is done with Japanese saws, hand-planes and chisels, but where Western tools are better suited, I will use them.

  • The end result of this process is a handcrafted piece that is distinctively Japanese in nature. For my complex work, I will never repeat the makeup or content of a pattern, so you, the purchaser, can be confident that you will own a unique piece of craft that can take pride of place in your home, and add a distinct Japanese ambience to your room.
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