Mike took to drawing early in his life, spending focused hours honing the skill as a child. He was also taught woodworking by his father at an early age. In school he excelled in visual arts and decided to pursue a degree in Design. Mike Sasaki graduated from the Bachelor of Design Honours program at York University / Sheridan College in 2005. He was especially inspired by the bookbinding course due to its hands-on nature. He then went on to live in Tokyo for 5 years deepening his investigation into Japanese culture and philosophy. There he studied a martial art called Shorinji Kempo which further inspired him to delve deeper into the energetic aspects of humanness. He came upon his resolve to dedicate himself to the craft of woodworking by realizing how his background in other arts could enhance the outcomes of the wooden objects. He also realized his passion for working with his hands and building structures. He has since been emersing himself in the world of wood, carving and fine art sculpture – learning and doing has gained him much experience and skill. He especially enjoys the beauty of the hand tools developed in various cultures which he implements into his work as he sees fit.