So, a few months ago I posted a blog with a link to a Russian Doll Factory and was fascinated with the turning tools that were used by the women who worked there.
They looked to be very simple, but did an amazing job with the specific tasks they were used for. I consider that a perfect tool.
I just watched, and was fascinated once again, by an older Japanese guy who makes Japanese two piece dolls. Once again, the turning tool he uses I have never seen before – sort of a curved hook with a sharpened edge. He uses it as a skew, roughing gouge and hollowing tool all in one!
This is a great video, and I would invite all you woodturners out there to watch this and comment on the tool he uses with so much dexterity. I KNOW he must have a lifetime of practice, but WOW is he good.
Let me know what you think!
Maybe in a month or so I’ll find a video from somewhere in South America of a person turning wooden dolls. ;-)
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