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The journey begins with sourcing the material. As often as I can, I prefer to have some kind of knowledge or connection with the source tree and its environment, but when that is not possible then I obtain the material from a select amount of people that I personally know and trust. The moment any material enters my shop, I spend a considerable amount of time studying each individual piece and marking any unique "issue" or character that it offers. Before actually turning the material into anything, I let it acclimatize to my regulated interior humidity in order to make the piece more stable. One of the most unique aspects of my approach to woodworking is that I do not own or use a single power tool. Any product that I complete has been made from start to finish exclusively with hand tools. As is common with craftspeople, I very much care for my tools and value high quality within them. For me, this means having the tools that I make everything with actually be handmade themself. Some of my tools I have forged myself, but most of them are made by other craftsmen that I have met in Japan. These tools from Japan have generations of design complexity built into them that culminate in tools that if respected and understood can outperform any large manufactured woodworking tool at any price point and with so much more joy and appreciation along the way.