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Blog entry by iamtomkelvin posted 10-08-2016 05:23 PM 501 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First blog post – ever….anywhere….so, please:
have mercy,
show leniency,
and bear over with me… I mean well…

This short blog post is about a small restauration project; in this case me trying to fix something into its former glory of which I know very little.
First off I should give credit where credit is due. If it hadn’t been for my encounter with Lumberjocks very own Mafe and my subsequent meeting with him at his workshop less than two weeks later, this would not be written. No story to tell. But as fate would have it I ran into someone who expressed a wanting for something I have in abundance and so I reached out.
Mafe http://lumberjocks.com/mafe wrote about our meeting in his blog http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/94218 in kind words. As a completely unexpected parting gift he gave me a japanese kanna in need of love and attention, the kind of attention only woodworkers give to things of wood and egdged steel.

(Thank you Mads, it was both kind and very generous of you) Note the Mafe signature branding on corner of the body – very cool.

The blade had been given a somewhat rough handed treatment from Japan before being sold off. This had clearly, to me, not been done by its user but by its seller. A tool that carries so much history and so many signs of wear and caring attention woundn’t have meet with a bench-/angle grinder all of a sudden. But that is just speculation.

I’ll refrain from too many very poor progress snaps of me doing my best to revive the hefty little iron – the feel of the weight, its shape and the signs of wear just never gets old.
Here’s a snap however of the back getting as close to working order as I’ll get:

... and another of the cutting edge:

The body of the plane needs more than what is feasible or makes sense in my hands – which is a darn shame as a well worn and used piece of oak is about as good as it gets in my book. The future for this blade will be a new body made of a seasoned piece of oak I kept from a restauration job on a traditional post and beam (bindingsvaerk) I worked on some years back. I think that particular piece of timber is somewhere between 500 and 600 years old, hard as stone, tough as iron. What better use?!

The reason for a new plane body:

Thanks for reading, please throw some advise or thoughts my way if you have ideas or input.

Cheers
Thomas



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madts

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#1 posted 10-08-2016 05:30 PM

Thomas. Nice to see yet another Dane on the site. Sems like they are just coming out of the woodwork. Yes Mads did cut out the work for you. It will be a fun project.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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iamtomkelvin

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 11:07 AM

Hi Madts..good to be here…I look forward to finishing the project…especially working the oak I’ve kept around for so long now…amazing how our native oak differs from many of the foreign kind…danish oak is just unbeatable as a building material (this certainly include ships and boats as well)!

Cheers
Thomas

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Druid

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 06:32 PM

Thomas, you have an interesting project ahead of you, but I have the feeling that this will turn out to be a favourite tool in your workshop. At least you have a good reference model to work from. Just don’t duplicate the splits. ;)
Enjoy the project, and please show us your progress.
Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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iamtomkelvin

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#4 posted 10-09-2016 09:26 PM

Thanks John…I’ll post the progress and result…and ask some questions along the way I’m sure.

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mafe

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#5 posted 10-10-2016 10:05 PM

Hi Thomas,
I have a big smile on my face here.
To see that the old Kanna are getting life back, warms my heart.
To hear that it will get a body like that even more.
To experience that you also seemed to have a good time.
A place to look for inspiration: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/series/4203 my own series on Japanese tools.
Yes you KANna…
Thanks for all the kind words.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#6 posted 10-10-2016 10:07 PM

Just noticed; at the picture in my visit blog, you actually hold the kanna in your hand. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Brit

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 11:51 AM

Nice blog John. I look forward to seeing you bring it back to life.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 06:30 PM

Tom!

W E L C O M E
A B O A R D !

FYI, we are a Nice group…

We DO NOT:

Eat people alive, chew’em up & spit them out.

Tar & Feather people we do not like.

WE DO:

Like to be a friendly bunch.

Like to share our talents, skills, and work.

Like to HELP people with their problems.

Want you to be Happy here on LumberJocks.

Want you NOT to worry about anything…

Want you to Have Fun!

So, Again, Welcome Aboard!
It’s good to see you here!
Enjoy!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-17-2016 06:38 PM

Yes, you Kanna! :) LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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iamtomkelvin

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#10 posted 10-21-2016 03:20 PM

Brit: Thank you and so do I – crossing my fingers it won’t get stranded – thanks for reading my first blog post!
Joe: Thanks for your welcome! LJ seems like the right place to be – full of nice people. Glad I joined.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 10-30-2016 08:21 AM

Velkommen til LJ!
That is a lovely gift. Looking forward to see how this turns out – please share the result

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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iamtomkelvin

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#12 posted 10-30-2016 11:14 AM

Thank you, Kaerlighedsbamsen… it was indeed a very lovely gift…I’ll be posting my progress. Thanks for interest!

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