Nothing to see here unless you like pictures of nice Japanese axes.

These gorgeous woodworking tools came from my Japanese friend Tomio Imaru. 
Imarusan and his woodworking friends have very kindly scoured Japanese auctions for me to collect these beautiful tools. I hope to share some of them with the European carpenters that came to Japan with me and also am considering running a short course where folk could come and try them out and learn the basics of Japanese hewing.
Here are a couple of short vid clips of the tools.

and this is how they are used

Edited to add a link to my mate Nigel’s blog, he came out and had a play with the axes and adzes and took this vid of me having a quick play with a chouna.

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