Funny how I thought it’d take another week or so, but it actually showed up today! I had bought it on Amazon.com, from a seller in Japan, and figured they’d use the postal service (which they did), which usually takes 4-5 weeks to here from Japan. (Full size image here: http://i.imgur.com/2KCwBix.jpg) My keys and mobile phone pouch behind, for size comparison. Looks really pretty. A bit bigger than I had imagined – when someone says ‘mini’ to me, I ty...
I have two planes – a little crappy Buck Bros block plane that I’ve been trying to forget I ever bought. And an old pre-war Stanley Bailey #4 that needs some serious help. Today I ordered my first Japanese plane, a “Kakuri Mini Kanna”. I had it on my amazon wishlist and it dropped in price by $8 so I bought it today. This: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ALF4GO/ A rather small price/investment for a beginner.
Japanese Tools #1: This is the start of a new series where I'm going to clean and fix up tools, specifically Japanese
So. This is the first of hopefully many posts about fixing up Japanese tools, I have a lot of old tools and most of them needs fixing, cleaning and love. This is tools that I will use, some I might sell off as I don’t need all but most will stay for use. To start this series I’ll post some pictures of some of my tools that will be cared for in the future. Some Hira-ganna. Some special ganna. More ganna, some special some with long dai, some small Some more, hira-...
On Saturday, I had my last session of Introduction to Japanese Woodworking at Laney College in Oakland, CA. It’s taught by Jay Van Arsdale, an active woodworker working professionally in the Japanese style in the bay area since the 1970’s and the author of a well known book on Shoji. His class is hands down the best woodworking instruction I’ve ever had. If you’re at all interested in hand tool woodworking and are curious about Japanese tools and live somewhere in t...
So my first kanna just arrived all the way from Japan. A Koyama brand (intro level plane) I got from toolsfromjapan. After reading and watching all the articles and videos I could find, I’ve been tweeking it and practicing all week. Conclusion after the first week: there’s a lot to learn. Unlike my LN Jack plane, I feel the learning curve is much higher in setting one up, but it’s by no means out of reach. So far, the curls are slowly reaching the level of my western styl...
MaFe style Kanna jointer IIJapan meets Krenov In this part I will fit the kanna-mi (plane iron) into the dai (body), to the Japan meets Krenov Naga-Dai-Kanna (jointer plane) I build when I visited my friend Jamie in Scotland last summer. Part one I build the kanna (hand plane): http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/37783Restoring the kanna-mi (plane iron): http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/40427Setting up a kanna (Japanese hand plane) This is the kanna I build in Scotland, but never had th...
MaFe style Kanna jointerJapan meets Krenov For quite some time now I have had three wishes that I wanted to fulfill in one project.1. To have a Japanese Naga-Dai-Kanna (jointer plane).2. To combine the Krenov plane building style with Japanese planes.3. To find use of a beautiful old hand forged Japanese plane iron that I had purchased some time back. Here an example of a Japanese jointer plane I saw on E-bay. On this link a seller in Germany, I think the price tag huts a wee bit: http:...
Hello fellow woodies iam new to all this blog/post thing so bare with me. i have recently bought ( not yet received ) 4 Kanna from a guy in australia. my big Q is does anyone know the makers of these kanna? These planes have not been sharpened and not adjusted. From left KITANIHON Blade width 56mm.?Body size 242mm x 70mm x 32mm. KAKURI Blade width 60mm.?Body size 259mm x 75mm x 33mm. KIZASHI Blade width 59mm.?Body size 260mm x 75mm x 34mm. KOSADO ...
Japanese hand plane setupFitting, tuning and sharpening. If you are looking for ‘ready out of the box’ just leave this blog now!This blog is for those who want to understand their tools, to trim, adjust and become the master of your tool.It is not a show off, not a tool gloat, but two basic Japanese hand planes going from useless to being used. Reading Toshio Odate’s inspire ring words in his book ‘Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use’ where ...
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