It's always fun to see a great mod take shape, but it's even better when it's a great mod that comes off as polished as some of the work that Nick Falzone does. Those of you who are familiar with our forums will recognise him as Greensabbath, and this isn't the first time he's graced these front pages.
Nick's first mod, Sangaku was an incredibly detailed testamant to his woodworking and acrylic skills. But how do you follow up a piece of work like that? Well, back to the woodshop and many months of hard work later, Nick has brought us a worthy successor. And so, without further adieu it's over to Nick...
After finishing my first case mod, Sangaku, I thought to myself “That was fun, but I think I’ve had enough.” Of course, while saying this, I was already simultaneously thinking of the next mod, which became “Yuugou”. A lot of things have happened while doing both mods and I like to see Yuugou as both personal and professional growth. As for which one is better, you will have to decide for yourself.
From left to right: Ise Shrine; Greene & Greene's Gamble House; Japanese Lamp by Nick Falzone
It is nice to be inspired from your own work. For example, my projects usually build on each other and you can see a clear progression from one to the next. Yuugou is no different, from the inner / outer frame concept inspired by Sangaku, to the side panel design, inspired from my Japanese lamp. These projects all have one underlying theme in common; a clean aesthetic and quality craftsmanship most in tune with the Japanese architecture of the Ise Shrine and two of my favorite architects, Charles and Henry Greene.
I knew I needed another Japanese name for this case and I turned to my Japanese roommate, Taro, for help with this part. To me, this case represents the perfection of the wood frame case and also the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the art technology. The word Yuugou means the fusion of two things, the essence of this case.
This project would have been impossible without a small arsenal of tools. The hand work would have been impossible without the quality hand tools I have acquired over the last couple years and I want to show them to you.