|Yann uses his foot to steady his work.|
Then, when you see what he can do with piece of wood, you realize he's not like other handymen either.
As I detailed in the TV story, where you can actually see what Yann does, as he does it, Yann uses uber sharp blades to slice through the fibers, creating a smoothness that cannot be had any other way.
Well, sure enough, he doesn't. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Yann has nothing against sandpaper. It's just that he doesn't need it. Why would you sand something that is already so smooth it glistens?
Yann is to other woodworkers, what Yoga is to basketball.
And there's much more. Yann is to other woodworkers, what Yoga is to basketball. Both Yoga and hoops are exercise, but they work the body very differently. He works with an inner calm. The Chi in his word, Mokuchi comes through in a big way.
|Fox photographer Curt Schruth shoots video of Yann|
He sits on his work instead of using clamps. Or he might put a stocking foot on the wood to hold it in place. The sharpening of his tools is a ritual in itself. He squats like a baseball catcher, rubbing hardened Japanese steel on stones with fine grit. It takes hours and hours -- and dedication beyond any suburban existence to accomplish this literal oneness with the project.
It's funny. Because Yann understands how it looked to me and to others who have seen him do his thing. But he's very upfront about things like deadlines, and the need to make money and make the customer happy.
|Shavings from Yann's plane|
|Simple wooden blocks hold the sharp blades|