More About our Tool Craftsman, Michihamono
Each of the carving knives and chisels created at Michihamono are made by hand through the cooperation of specialized craftsmen. Located in Miki City, Hyogo Prefecture, the skilled professionals provide a human touch to each perfectly tailored piece. This area is known as the home of blade-making in Japan, and the makers at Michihamono ensure the utmost attention to sharpness, “… which is what gives a blade its life but is frequently neglected by other manufacturers,” they explain.
From the tip of the blade to the end of the handle, every carving tool is processed in-house. The expertise and skill of their team has been honed over many years, allowing for a wide range of tools for every need, including their finest 0.5mm wide chisel. Handles made from cherry wood provide a comfortable and organic feel in the hand while the blades are made with either high-speed steel or cutlery steel. These materials combined with the design allow you to keep the blade sharp for a long time, and to sharpen again and again for years of usage.
We are thrilled to share these stunning artisan tools with you! As you create your own precious woodworking pieces for the kitchen with Motoko’s workshop, the care and precision put into the tools you’re using will no doubt add to the joy of making.
More About our Woodworkers, Jeff + Cherie Kirschenman
Jeff and Cherie Kirschenman, the talented woodworkers who made the frames featured in this month’s kit, have been married for seventeen years and just welcomed their third child last month. They have been woodworking for almost fifteen years. What started as a hobby has now turned into their full-time business. Jeff is a licensed contractor by trade, however they slowly started getting more and more custom woodworking projects. The pair began working on a home-built CNC router and laser cutter (that Jeff and his dad built) and eventually upgraded to purchasing industrial machinery.
Jeff and Cherie currently do everything from custom furniture and cabinets, all the way down to laser cut Christmas ornaments. They have been creating projects for The Crafter’s Box since 2016. “It’s fun and sometimes challenging to be creating new products for the first time but we love it!” says Cherie.
This frame project is exciting and unique because it’s a whole different way to do weaving. “The birch being used is a beautiful light color wood that has very few imperfections. Yet, it’s a hardwood that holds its shape,” explains Cherie. Jeff, Cherie, and all of us at The Crafter’s Box hope that you love this project and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.