“A tool maker should not only resolve problems they should also provide solutions.”

His iterative design process focuses on years of trial and error and refinement. JLK enjoys sharing his custom tools, visiting his patrons, and talking with people. His tool business has developed and grown solely through word of mouth. That’s the way he likes it.

“…I make custom tools. They’re not for everyone, they’re not always easy to get, but people seem like to them. They wouldn’t be so special if I focused all my time making thousands of these for the handful of people who really need them. Each one is not only a tool but also a little sculpture. It’s hard separating the sculptor from designer.”

j.lin-hsien kung designs tools for the discerning glass maker who appreciates his attention to detail. His tools draw from his glassmaking experience as well as his drafting and manufacturing background.