The ability to tangibly affect our environment is one of the fundamentals of what makes us human. As humans we craft and shape our world for more than simply utilitarian purposes. The desire to create beauty, explore the limits of materials & techniques, discover new resources & perspectives, and overcome adversity, all connect us to the rich history of humanity.
For hundreds of years, people have been passing on generational knowledge about beloved workmanship. Our craft, our art, our journey, is only possible through this continued sharing. Each time we use a technique, we reflect on the fact that at sometime, on some day, there was another person using the same tools and techniques that we employ today.
Every antique that is restored is a small piece of history that was saved from the slow death of entropy. Every piece that comes into the shop is a treat for us, we get to look into the heart of the piece and see the marks of the original craftsman. We get to follow along with that craftsman and see their process, each piece being a learning opportunity for even the most seasoned among us.
Every piece that is repaired or refinished is a piece that doesn't end up in a landfill. Every piece is made with quality craftsmanship and quality material to outlast it's maker. Our goal is a quality piece that lasts in a home, and doesn't end up in a landfill. Every piece that is made with wood, especially ethically harvested wood, is forwarding wood as a bio-renewable resource, and the greater the demand for wood, the greater the demand for reforestation.
The time and dedication that it takes to develop proficiency in woodworking are not things that many folks have the patience for in our largely disposable society. At Y and J we are fully immersed in the forwarding of the craft and lifestyle of being woodworkers. We are every bit as much a place of learning as we are a place of business.