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#1 posted 07-18-2007 02:10 PM

fascinating. I clung to every word.

It is nice to get a history lesson, a cultural lesson, and information about woodworking all in one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-18-2007 02:48 PM

Hello Jojo;
—-well you’ve sure made an in-pression upon my reading ability!

Great blog, great writing story and photos and did I forget to tell you that I love history.

On your last statement there, sounds like you are in the midst of a well mannered society that also contains wonders of the ‘nailess’. I all-ways like to say, watch the tree and learn….no nails in their construction.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 07-18-2007 05:26 PM

Great blog Jojo. Amazing craftsmanship…...maybe they could enter it in the joinery challenge…..:)

Seriously, extraordinary history lesson, great story….keep em coming.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 07-18-2007 05:29 PM

Well done JoJo. A nice history lesson and an exposure to other ways of woodworking. Keep them coming.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 07-18-2007 06:45 PM

Wow! Thank you all guys.

I’m flabbergasted. I’d never expected such amount of positive reactions from a bunch of hardcore woodworkers 5.000 miles away. Either this or you are a band of nice and polite liars! :o)

Seriously, I didn’t pretend to talk particularly about history and even less give lessons to anybody, but I feel that we all lack a lot of knowledge of “the others”. And I am definitely not specifying any social group or nationality here because we are a very diverse group of individuals in this community, all coming from distant places and often very different walks of life. Although without this sort of preambles it’s sometimes difficult to understand the works. Actually Japan is a country that is almost impossible to totally understand… often even for the nationals themselves.

But you are starting to know me, once I start writing I’m not short on words.

I promise you that my next chapter will be more wood-centric.

Frank – It’s so true that we should be more open to the nature itself, always trying to tell us things and we ignoring to listen to it. If I’m in love with wood is because of the feelings it conveys, the connection with that naive side of the world, it is sensual in the purest meaning of the word, and it is because it appeals broadly to several of our senses… and should be respected, worked along with and not against it… If we take time enough to study the raw blank in our hands we often find ways to do things that are much more in harmony with the material… alas, we don’t always do it. I do like your approach to woodworking.

Bob – hold on till you see the joinery this time… I guess they could enter the contest, but not for the reasons you’d expect. Is there a category of “Ingenious-but-simple Ways of Joining Wood” in there? ;o)

Bye for now guys, it’s too late at night and I should be in horizontal position long ago. Take care!

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#7 posted 07-19-2007 03:54 AM

Thanks or another good blog post -

How long have you been in Japan?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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