I just had a great visit to a little woodworking museum in Kobe that I thought was worth sharing. It’s got to be, pound-for-pound, one of the best museums I’ve been to. Sure, it’s the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum and I love woodworking, so I’m biased… but even my wife agrees that it was quite a nice experience. Here are a few photos with some comments:
The entrance: typical Japanese signage… very pleasing to look at
A little video before beginning the tour
Japanese carpentry was traditionally broken into 4 categories. There were carpenters, roofers, plasterers and blacksmiths. The knowledge required for each was so high that one often didn’t master more than one area. We’ll focus on the carpenter, or daiku
A spread of what we’d typically find in a daiku’s toolbox
I don’t know much about Chinese woodworking, but there was a little display along the way.
Some nice examples of very customized and ornate planes.
A view of the daiku’s collection
An old frame saw. There was a video of some old Japanese guys using this on some VERY large cypress – amazing
Some beautiful joinery. This can be found in castle and temples, or in small jewelry boxes
Samples of the common woods in japanese woodworking: cedar, cypress, maple
Some shavings from the wood samples… if you haven’t seen the planing competitions on YouTube, it’s definitely worth a look
For the plane and chisel junkies:
My wife is scoping out my next present
And that’s it! A great stop if you’re ever in Japan.
-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com