In Japan a blacksmith would say ‘iron is a living thing,’ a potter would say ‘earth is a living thing,’ while a lacquer worker would say ‘lacquer is a living thing.’
In modern technological thinking, the self-cuts itself apart from nature and assumes omnipotence. It then looks at nature as an objective body from which resources are to be taken for its own good. It may be said that modern technology is rooted in such tendencies.
Contrary to this, the technology of traditional craftsmanship does not accept the concept of “man vs. nature,” but takes on a more mutual and friendly relationship in which man and nature sympathize with each other or sometimes even co-mingle.
Woodsmen who are experienced and fully equipped with traditional technology of wood cutting of forests are able to know the history of growth and health of each tree just by touching it. They can exactly judge which tree can or cannot be cut by merely looking at clusters of trees in a forest. Such judgment of those experienced woodsmen determines the future of the trees and whether or not the area would become spirited forests again.
Based on this tradition it seemed absolutely essential to us to find a craftsman who totally understands the balance of sound, vibration and mechanics while keeping the total balance as main focus and makes our instruments living.
In 2012 Forestone found Atsushi Watanabe who mentioned to be looking for new challenges. His decades of experience as head of the repair school of Japans biggest store group with 150 stores combined with the position as their Chief of product development enables him to understand the concepts of the various brands in the world and develop an own one.
As result Atsushi is building the finest Japanese saxophones for Forestone today engraving his name on each saxophone and that way taking responsibility for every single horn. Atsushi is not focusing on single parts on the saxophone to improve but keep the total balance of all factors at any time and adjusts every single part before assembling until the a saxophone is build which he can grant for.
Try Forestone Saxophone today and you will understand what the combination of high technical standard and thousands or years of craftsman tradition can achieve.
Forestone Sax Technical Center:
You are very welcome to visit Atsushi at the Forestone Sax Technical Center in Tokyo. You can ask him to adjust your Forestone Saxophone to your personal need or just try our Saxophones and watch Atsushi’s work. Please write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures and explanations of essential manufacturing processes with Atsushi will be posted soon.