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Japanese axes, adzes and woodworking tools

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 […]

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assorted photos from japan

Last few photos that didn’t fit in earlier posts from our woodworking tour of Japan. Big cypress at a shrine. This is the shrine and after making a donation the appropriate bows, handclaps and ringing the bell you get a go on the taiko drum. I have wanted to have a go on these for […]

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Japanese carpenters working practices

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Japanese woodworking yariganna

Before we head for 2011 I am going to share the last pictures from my woodworking trip in Japan. This one is about the forerunner to the plane the spear plane, yariganna or yari-kanna. Here is the yariganna in use. I have not been able to corroborate the info below as well as I would […]

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