We looked at tools we had lying around. Most were constructed by simply punching the shape from a sheet of metal or plastic, with numbers and marks printed or etched into the surface. This manufacturing style gets the job done—but we wanted to create tools that were better. Each of our tools is machined from a solid block of metal, with the marks permanently machined into the surface. Flat punched material is limited to two dimensions, whereas machining allows interesting three-dimensional shapes to emerge. It’s a harder, more intensive process, but it allows us to push our sculptural design.