Mr. Takemoto has something to say...
I’m pretty sure that I’m the very first person use cherry wood for glasses frames. Why am I so sure? Because cherry wood is not ‘hard wood’, also known by most people as ‘rosewood’ and everyone thinks only rosewood can be used as glasses frames. In fact, cherry wood is soft and its fibre is less dense than rosewood (here referring to the types of trees, not specific tree species). However, in 2012, I created a crack-proof technique, which significantly improved the firmness of wooden frames. When dropped to the ground, only about 5% of my frames break apart, while the rate of other brands is about 70%. In addition, there has been one problem for glasses frames made of rosewood: too heavy. On the contrary, cherry wood is quite light. What’s more, cherry wood has nice texture, and I like that.
I tried to make glasses frame with cherry wood and luckily, my first trial was a success. A pair of standard cherry wood framed glasses only weighs about 15 to 20 grams while a pair of Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses weighs about 45 grams. I believe my cherry wood framed glasses are the lightest wooden frame glasses in the world, and are even the lightest of glasses of the same size, lighter than carbon fibre. By now, Walker 2012 glasses with cherry wood frames have been the best seller of all my products. Certainly there are some factories manufacturing cherry wood framed glasses (they have been good at plagiarism), but their products are easily broken.
I have realized that a growing number of people are purchasing bulk produced hand-made glasses and sell them online. Actually they are not participants in the field of glass. They are not involved in the design, marketing, or research process of glass. Without shedding any sweat or hurting their hand, they are nothing but intermediaries. However, many of them even claim themselves as designers or producers by pirating the pictures from others. I make around 1,000 pairs of glasses every year for this world. I design them, improve the materials, and even invent new materials. Through a long time of research, I managed to correct the mistakes. Gradually I find my works mature enough and are favored by the customers.
I would answer all of your questions in person including those concerning optics. I mount the lens and pack the parcels all by myself. Sometimes I even drive to the international shipping agent in order to guarantee that you can receive your glass one day earlier. There are about 50 working procedures for each pair of glass.