In olden times, learning a trade skill took at least ten years of study as an apprentice. Cabinetmakers studied their craft for decades before they could get away with selling their wares for the big bucks. Today this type of craftsmanship is all but forgotten; truly talented woodworkers tend to be hobbyists, building shelves and drawers in their garages. But the steadfastly dedicated Japan Woodworker in Alameda remembers that quality craftsmanship requires quality tools. This little shop stall in the side of a massive warehouse offers mail order and walk-in service for the purchase of its almost infinite catalogue of handmade woodworking tools. There's enough equipment here to keep the most dedicated of wood advocates busy for years to come. Which is perfect for those trying to move up from the apprentice stage.