Let’s get the easy bit out of the way first. Stan provides 1st class tools, and even better service. Anyone looking to get proper Japanese tools, at an extremely good price, with no hassle, need look no further. It’s as simple as that.
However, there is much more to it than just good tools. Stan’s insight into the world of Japanese woodworking is very rare in the English speaking world. He has ‘got the t-shirt’, and it shows. But, the thing that sets Stan apart is his integrity and willingness to share his hard won knowledge.
The apparent simplicity of the Japanese way belies the many subtleties and nuances… Stan unlocks these mysteries, and keeps the traditions alive. I am indebted to the help he has given me over the years.