I call her "Mai-chan".
I recognize her as something like gift from God or Buddha.
She now is indispensable member of KOMA.
She takes larger roles in terms of what she physically provides and what she influences mentally.
She has made much more works than any of male members of KOMA.
I met her for the first time when Ogi-bo has brought her to a KOMA exhibition held in somewhere which I cannot remember exactly.
She was introduced as a student of a school for manufacturing furnitures.
Now, in her 23 years old, she has become super cocky with less respecting others, which cannot be forgivable in case of male, at that time, she was pretty girl in her 19 years old.
Several months have past when KOMA was extremely busy.
That was exactly we need every little help we could get.
I had remembered her at that time.
"Do you mind taking our part time job once a week ?" I offered her and she stated her career at the KOMA.
KOMA, managed by me who had trained in genuine men's world or craftsman, is also genuine men's company.
I have no clue how to deal with female employees.
I would not like to take special cares for female employees.
Under ordinary operations, there would not be contact points between her dealing with chores tasks and myself running the company.
Another several months has past.
The pressure of busy work has been amplified.
Would you be able to help three times a week ?
Would you be able to help four times a week ?
Would you be able to help five times a week ?
It appears to be really selfish.
During such period.
She suddenly got a chance.
Her senior member has run away.
I asked her to replace his tasks without any expectations.
Um ? What ? Really ? Her skills are really nice !!!
Her technique is better than her seniors from the first trial !!
And also, she is quick !!
Her technique has been remarkably improved in second trial and more in third trial.
She has revealed glimpse of her cockiness saying "This is kind of technique ordinary craftsman can do, isn't it ?"
She grown up in the family of carpenter and her playground has been the factory.
Her sense of angle how to insert the blade is exceptional.
Way of her movements in hands and body seems to be logical.
It has been revealed how bad master I am, who had not noticed her talent.
It was really shame.
I recognized later that she practiced secretly.
One feature I like her in personality would be that she does not try to demonstrate her efforts, which would be much more dignified than me.
It would be true to every industry that it is critically important to make surely every opportunity own.
Adequate amounts of preparations which make ones to ready opportunities any time.
Sense to be aware of any opportunities.
Strong will to acquire opportunities own.
It is interesting to observe others to run up steps with acquiring opportunities.
It takes just seconds for her to grow adequately.
Are you able to achieve this ?
Are you try to do it ?
It has been repeated as such.
She has overcome every challenge.
She has never shown her upper ceiling of her growth.
Recently, she has competed me how quick the process is accomplished.
It would have nothing to do with our clients, however, the speed would be the most important thing for craftsman.
The quality should be prioritized for sure, however, assuming same quality, the quicker the better.
For craftsman, speed would be connected to better processes and better efficiency.
Good process and efficiency directly connects to quality of products.
When processes are conducted without any stops, any unnecessary movements, in logical manner, I would feel flying to stay in different world.
Nothing to think about.
Concentrating to what exist in front of me.
My body would be possessed by something other than me.
When I have such feelings, I would be able to make exceptionally good furnitures.
At the same time, it is completed in extra extremely short period of time.
For that, adequate preparations would be required.
From the previous night, sizes and angles of products are hammered into my head.
Repeatedly imagine front to back processes.
On the way coming back home, dinner, bath, continuously every moment.
Then, when I am able to image even how to take step in walking during the process, I go to bed to sleep.
Then, in many cases, I would be able to think of the process in my dream.
Sometime, I would happened to have extra ordinary good ideas.
In the morning, I am concentrating to the process even on the end of hairs.
Confirming the details until just ahead of the process, then, get started.
So, for craftsman, "quick" is almost identical to "how serious you are committed to your job ?"
And, from the point to make the factory to be sustainable, "those who make products quickly" is identical to "those who are capable".
Because they are able to bring money to the factory.
We are not artists.
We are craftsman who are supposed to be evaluated by money to be brought to the company !
There is difficult part in finishing process of chair.
Tools to be used are blades, planes, and sand paper.
So far, average duration of younger employees would be about 60 minutes.
I would be able to complete it in 30 minutes without extra concentrations.
So, I told her "You would be passed the standards when complexing it in 60 minutes, however, I would praise you if you are able to finish in 30 minutes."
Her record was 28 minutes.
Really ? Let's compete in the speed ?
My record was 22 minutes.
Then, she was able to shorten her record to 18 minutes.
My record was shoved to 15 minutes.
She tried and failed to shorten her record than 18 minutes.
Once again, I completed it in doubly sure 13 minutes, and the competition was over.
However, for this process, she would surpass me in short periods of time, lol.
The first ever production model of KOMA, "sim chair" which are highly evaluated and presented in multiple exhibitions overseas in 2015, is the chair came from her contributions.
Chairs of KOMA contain many handmade processes even in production models.
So, sustainability of production models are identical to sustainability of high levels of craftsman's technique.
Finishing process in handworks using blades have been solely done by myself, thus, number of productions have been limited.
A person would not be able to produce production models.
However, it is what I would like to achieve for years.
Achieving the goal, she has changed the possibility of the company.
Thanks to her, I have realized growth in single younger employee may have significant impacts to entire company.
It would be enormous influence I cannot able to give.
I have also learned from her that younger employees would grow further than my expectations when I seriously expect their growth.
At last, I am able to find young employee who is able to succeed technique from masters.
For me, Mai-chan is genuine treasury.
There is a man who continue to have one-side love to such Mai-chan.
The oldest employee, Ebi-chan.
He has established his own factory recently.