You also get some planks back:
Resource return by Location:
|Black Zone crafting station|
Private/guild island: 0% (35% with focus)
Caerleon or other major city: 15% (45% with focus)
Black zone city: 20% (48% with focus)
You can improve crafting speed and quality by using food. This is a huge buff and you should always do it.
Bean Salad: +33% speed and quality for 5 minutes.
Turnip Salad: +66% speed and quality for 5 minutes.
Potato Salad: +100% speed and quality for 5 minutes.
The higher a crafter's skills the more quality and focus cost efficiency they gain. Each item has 2 skills that boost these attributes, the two furthest out on its spoke of the Destiny Wheel.
The base skill, the skill unlocking your crafting tiers starting with Tier 4 gives
+0.3 bonus focus cost efficiency and +0.75 increase in quality to all the items it shows in its window.
The specialist skills give
+0.3 bonus focus cost efficiency and +0.75 increase in quality to all the items in its weapon group.
+2.5 bonus focus cost efficiency and +6 increase in quality to the specific weapon. The artifacts specialisation applies to all artifacts of the weapon group.
Callduron is specialising in making Warbows.
16/100 Bow Crafter gives +4.2 bonus cost efficiency and +12 increase in quality when crafting all bows.
9/100 Warbow Crafting Specialist gives +3.3 bonus focus cost efficiency and +6.75 increase in quality while crafting all bows. It also gives +22.5 bonus focus cost efficiency and +54 increase in quality when crafting warbows.
The other bow specialisms are at 0 so I get no bonuses from them.
Maximum possible skill bonuses are + 400 focus cost efficiency and +975 increase in quality.
Putting it all together:
Max resource return: 48% (crafting in the black zone with focus).
Best crafting speed buff: +100% from food
Crafting quality: up to +975 from skills, +100% from food (I don't know how those stack). Using focus also gives a quality bonus.
Bonus focus cost efficiency: up to +400 from skills.
The life of a high level crafter then will be a matter of passively collecting your 10k focus per day, then using it to make highly lucrative x.3 or x.2 items which will bring a small profit if you get a low quality or make mad bank if the RNG gods give you Outstanding or Masterpiece quality. Actually you can probably find items that you make small profits on even without focus.
This places two soft constraints on a hardcore crafter:
- it's a big waste to do anything else with your focus.
- it's a big waste to do anything else with your learning points.