A Craftsman’s Responsibility

Toshio Odate cleaning a mortise.

Toshio Odate cleaning a mortise.

Simply put, the work must perform its promised function.

“If a joint fails when it comes to joining two pieces of wood securely and efficiently, that person has failed at their responsibility to society–even if the joint “looks beautiful”.(from an interview with Toshio Odate in Fine Woodworking Magazine)

“…let us do our work as well

both the unseen and the seen

make the house, where gods may dwell

beautiful, entire and clean

“Else our lives are incomplete

standing in these walls of time

broken stairways where the feet

stumble as they seek to climb”

~ by calebnrogers on August 17, 2014.

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