And over the last couple of weeks much of my time has been spent sharpening my Japanese axes and adzes. This morning I took a few minutes to experiment with an adze trying to recreate some of the textures I so admired when in Japan last year. On the right is a surface which mirrors the feathers on an arrow shaft and on the left the scales of a fish. Far from perfect but nice to play with. I was pleased with the overall effect though I have a few bits of tearout. Those of us who aim for a finish from a sharp tool have the disadvantage of not being able to just tidy it up with a bit of abrasive paper. This sort of bold tooling has to work first time, if you try to go back over it it looks more of a mess. The solution is just to keep practicing and the surfaces will get better and cleaner cut.
This is what I am aiming for.