I’ve been taking Jay van Arsdale’s class on Japanese woodworking, and one big theme in the class is to trust your layout lines. I’d been using an ink Precise pen for my layouts, but the tip kept getting distorted after a day’s use. This was probably because of my rough handling and probably because it’s designed for a smoother surface.
A very traditional and common Japanese layout tool is the Takumi Sumisashi which is simply a shaped bamboo marking stick used with ink dabbed in a silk/cotton wad. Since Jay seems pretty fond of them, I picked a couple up along with some ink and silk wadding. So far it’s been tough to get a consistent line going, but the wider surface area definitely feels more stable against a Japanese square. For straight lined layout, it looks promising over my rapidly depleting pen collection. Curious if anyone else has any experience with them.
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