Making of: a glimpse into the process of APHRA custom-engraved leather & wood business card wallet.
Handmade does not always equal High Quality.
With the word “handmade” enjoying so much popularity these days, the assumption is because it is made by hand, it must therefore also be high quality. This is not always true, of course. Many things can be handmade while still being of poor quality. The skill level of the crafter and techniques used play a big part in determining quality.
I use the term ‘handcrafted’ over handmade and I refer to myself as ‘an artisan’ over ‘artist’ or crafter’ to make the distinction that my products are actually high quality. To explain why I consider my products to be high quality, I have provided a brief video and description of my process.
My ideal is perfection.
My process of product design stems from my training in architectural design. Ideas become sketches, and sketches become technical drawings. Technical drawings become cut files, and cut files become physical products through involved handcrafting techniques.
Starting out the handcrafting process with perfectly-cut pieces is important in getting a predictable end product. I choose methods that produce exact results and minimize waste. Knowing myself and my own limitations, I choose to use a laser cutter as my main cutting tool because it is precise. It is as close to perfection as it comes. I use this tool as a means to an end – not an end in itself. It is only the beginning of my process.