The Surprising Connection Between Crafting Pro Baseball Gloves and Fine Guitars
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Guitars and baseball gloves are from different worlds, but the philosophies of the craftsmen who make them have many points in common.
Tadahiro Suzuki of Yamaha oversees the production of high-end Japanese-made guitars, including acoustic, classical and electric models. As manager of prototype development at Mizuno, craftsman Norifumi Ito is responsible for the manufacturing of thousands of baseball gloves, including many for Major League Baseball players. As two craftsman who have supported players all over the world, Sukuki and Ito recently sat down to discuss the commonalities between making guitars and baseball gloves, including a refined selection of materials and a focus on the end user experience.