Once upon a time, Gael Francais represented Thomassin and had a shop in NY. Then he moved to Germany. Does anyone have good contact info for him? Or if he is still doing business with Thomachot? His website has an email that is not accepting messages.
The latest information I have for Gael Francais is that he lives in Piding, Germany, and is focusing on restoration and repair.
The email got returned. Might try the phone. Website is somewhat current, at least updated within the last year or two.
You can commission directly from Thomachot...very responsive and excellent to work with, reasonably priced, wait list is +/- a year.
Gail Francais isn't a young man anymore. And my impression is that he never aspired to be a social butterfly or internet hero.
Answering email can get to be a lot of work. If you don't have an apprentice ("Daniel-san") or clerical assistant to whom that work can be delegated, then yes it can erode your productivity.
Just got a response. So something might have leaked through.