Yoshio loves the sounds of the various power tools used by woodworkers as they construct “Handmade by Amish” tables and chairs that are advertised on the giant billboard along the highway. Sometimes he succumbs to their music and allows his mind to drift to his early days as an immigrant from Hokkaido.
He arrived in America with the dream of coaxing art from wood. Reality hit early and Yoshio started the workshop to support his family. Now he works alone in a corner, using the hand tools he brought with him as he creates exquisite sculptural objects for favored collectors.
(Written for Friday Fictioneers, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. January 31, 2014.)