Could you explain what made your experience at Werner Nehring so pleasant?
Despite being in business for many years, Mr. Nehring was always eager to experiment, and he enjoyed teaching me all kinds of techniques and instruments that I could then use to implement my own ideas. Mr. Nehring's support helped me to develop my own design language.
Have you mastered any particular techniques?
Wood is my main material. Since I have worked with this material for thousands of hours and conducted experiments on it, I have become an expert at turning very finely and accurately assessing its behaviour. My knowledge of wood drying properties is particularly valuable for preventing wood from tearing and deforming later.
What inspires you?
I am particularly inspired by things that evoke calm. My writing instruments require a high level of patience, attention, and care from me. It is a state of mind that creates a certain atmosphere, which is also often found in Japanese culture. My wife, a master shoemaker, is also extremely inspiring for me for that reason and many others.
What is one of your most memorable career experiences?
In my first major exhibition in Japan, an elderly lady approached me and took my hands in hers. Thanking me very much, she seemed very moved. I later found out that the lady had bought a writing instrument from me some time ago and had now travelled 1600 km by train to examine my hands. That was a very touching moment for me.