|Review by mafe||posted 08-20-2011 04:22 PM||2101 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
- . Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use
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Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use
By: Toshio Odate
This book is one of the most inspiring woodworking tools books I have read.
Toshio Odate has a ability to tell what you want to know, what you need to know and still spice it with stories from his life, Japanese history and myths. This he do in the wonderful tone of a craftsman with a solid long apprenticeship under the wings of a master (his father) and a long life’s knowledge, he never over do, and never leave out the important, this is also the essence of the Japanese approach to the woodworking and tools.
The book is simply a short and interesting intro, and then he follow us through all the tools of Japanese woodworking one by one, the illustrations are a mix of photos and beautiful simple hand drawings, and this so you never feel left behind. It sounds simple, and this is also how you feel after, that you have seen a light, an understanding.
The book inspired me a lot and I have acquired few Japanese tools and learned how to set them up and use them with great joy.
Some will say the pull stroke when you use Japanese hand planes are not for Western people, and I completely disagree, I even disagree in those who say that you can’t use a mix of both types, this because it will make you use your muscles in different ways and in this way get less tired out, like you go to the gum not only to do pushups.
Personally I have a neck, shoulder and back problem due to a operation, and using the pull stroke makes me use my body weight much more effective and so I can work longer with less effort with the Japanese planes.
This book is a eye opener, a learning experience, like a travel in a new world.
I can highly recommend it, buy it!
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.