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Great Woodworking Videos #1: Amazing Videos of a Master Japanese Craftsman at work

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-27-2010 06:39 PM 9961 reads 25 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was clicking around the net when I came across these videos. They are some of the best videos I’ve ever found of a real Japanese craftsman using traditional techniques to build a project from start to finish.

In this series of 5 videos he builds a beautiful small chest of drawers (most likely a jewelry box) using only hand tools. I am in awe at how the techniques he uses are so simple yet so effective. I wish I spoke Japanese. If anyone could repost these videos translated to english that would be so cool.

By the way, the person who posted these “handicraftsjp” has several other interesting videos that are similar. I haven’t watched them all yet.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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blackcherry

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 07:34 PM

I would need a whole shop of Festool and i bet i could come close to his skills…lol. I really like his palm mallet and sure grip slippers Blake, just amazing craftsmanship. Oh and by the way Happy New Years…BC

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:50 PM

Ichi ban!
Where’s my tabi socks and fuki urushi?

-- 温故知新

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Kipster

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 08:06 PM

He is an amazing craftsman

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 08:35 PM

Thanks for sharing. I thorourly enjoyed the videos. Check out the air tight drawer fittings.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 08:38 PM

I really like his “tree nails” (wooden pegs). I agree that it would be nice to have a translation to. It looks like he is using bamboo strips to sand the drawer fronts.
Thanks for posting this Blake.

Happy New Year!

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 08:40 PM

Wow! It make me dream… Maybe another 20 years.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 08:40 PM

I am speechless . . .that is amazing craftsmanship . . .I bet he has forgotten more then i will ever know. Thank you Blake for posting those amazing videos . . .

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 09:08 PM

Thanks for posting these Blake.

I had seen these somewhere before and did not bookmark them hence I never found them again. I added them to my favorites.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 09:12 PM

Thanks, I only intended to watch the first right now. Needless to say, I watched the entire project. I can’t wait to see the remaining 233 segments.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 09:15 PM

Fascinating – thanks for posting

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 10:00 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR BLAKE. THANKS FOR POSTING SUCH A MASTER. HE IS INDEED SUCH A WONDERFUL AND PATIENT MAN. HOWEVER, WITH HIS PATIENTS I COULDN’T COME CLOSE. I DON’T KNOW OF ANYONE ON THIS SITE THAT COULD MATCH HIS CRAFTSMANSHIP. MAYBE JORDAN, BUT NOT TOO MANY.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 12:09 AM

translation of final quote, “there is no more important safty rule that to wear these safty kevlar socks”.
He has twenty five years on me and I can’t bend my leg like that. I like how tight the drawers are that they pop out as he pushes one in. Great post, thanks.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 12:59 AM

Amazing – just amazing.

It was a real treat to watch this craftsman in action. Thanks, Blake.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 01:18 AM

What? No Bench Cookies?

I’d love to know the wood species and type of finish.

-- If you're over 100 years old there's an 80% chance you're a woman.

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#15 posted 12-28-2010 01:19 AM

wow i wish i could get my tools just as sharp and then make them cut just as acurate. thanks for the post i put it in my faves on u tube.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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