Tadao Arimoto is a woodworker currently running a workshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he studied product design in Kyoto, Japan and came to the United States in 1976. The enthusiasm of using wood as the main material was initiated by the time when he saw a bench made by a sculptor Shigeru Ueki. He designs and builds things with the user in mind. And the things he builds are functional, strong, and visually quiet. Time is an important element in his work. His design ideas are mostly inspired from nature and also, he works with the changes and histories contained in wood.