Good Evening Fellow LJ’ers!
After an usually long hiatus from LJ, I’m finally back home and behind my woodworker’s desk again. While deployed to mainland Japan, I realized how much I loved the simplicity of woodworking while using Japanese tools. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like the sound of lumber going through the ol’ TS. But while there visiting quite a few Temples and Shrines (They are not the same, I’ve been reprimanded and remediated for this several times…lol), I realized that with the simplest of tools, they’ve been able to create structures that have lasted well over 1300 years (Yes, maintained over the years…but stilll impressive!). With that being said, I remember my mentor leading me in that direction prior to my deployment into the land of the red sun. “I just cut them dovetails out with a Dozuki,” he admitted. Now I’ve got to admit that the thought of using a tool named “Dozuki” was as daunting as drifting through Tokyo in a Ford Mustang! Nonetheless, I’ve come to realize what he has been onto this entire time. After overcoming a slightly steep learning curve and learning how to use them correctly, I’ve come to realize that using Japanese tools gives you a unique bond with a project that using most power tools just doesn’t. What brings me to this conclusion? Well lets just say that I spent many hours making paper thin, quilt-like shavings with a 60,000 Yen Kanna plane and it was therapy to my soul. I also had the pleasure of using some chisels and even got to learn how to spend 4 hours sharpening one (Let’s just say I may have mutilated one in the process of “Beating the…” as my mentor puts it :) After that experience, I wanted to thank him for keeping me open minded enough to seek out a few Japanese Woodworkers and trade a tip or two for some ballcap and patches. As soon as I got home, I purchased a read that was recommended to me by a few of them woodworkers. One for me, and of course, one for my mentor and friend Superdav! I hope you enjoy it when you recieve it brother. I wish you could have been there to enjoy the experience!
-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah