Why no metal fasteners?
Originally, it was something to do to set me apart - and it was a compelling challenge to myself. I also liked the idea of true solid-wood piece, especially in today’s context of plywood, particle board and veneer. Consequently, I feel like it has made me a better designer - forcing me to take a closer look at the composition of a piece, or at least examining a different perspective than I might have otherwise. And I am sure it is making me a better craftsman - pieces need to fit precisely, and proper execution of a perfect fit ensures structural integrity, for generations.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My wife and I began importing furniture from Bali around 2014. She’s from Bali, and it seemed like a business worth pursuing; a way to stay connected to our family there. We had a small showroom and discovered that the most frequently asked question was, “Are you the artist?” As a creative person myself, I just got tired of saying, “No.” In 2016, we decided to stop importing and we diverted our investment into tools.
Did you have any prior woodworking experience?
No, but I watched a lot of Youtube. First, safety videos to scare me, then build videos to inspire me. I don’t copy plans or borrow designs, but gaining basic instruction is so easy today there’s really no excuse not to be able to learn. So now I upload videos sharing my methods and designs, with the hope that someone will find them entertaining or even useful.
How would you describe your designs?
Modern Craft. The designs I express might be described as Modern with some Minimalist virtues, and our construction demonstrates a reverence for craftsmanship, simplicity and originality.
What’s the best thing about what you do?
Creating - I’m a creative person, made by the Creator, who finds joy in creating. When I’m creating, I never question my purpose, and I know my mind and my body are put to good use.
- Jeremy Kamiya | 323-346-9626