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Forum topic by CreekOne posted 09-11-2014 04:19 PM 1024 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2014 04:19 PM

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Im working on a blog post on Japanese tools names as a reference to non-japanese speaking woodworkers who have some interest in japanese tools.
Im looking for all of you here with some knowledge about japanese tools, woodworking and language to help me help others.
This will not be a encyclopaedia (Not yet anyway) but more a reference for people who maybe want to use, purchase, read about, compare or just join in a conversation about japanese tools. At the moment Im working on figuring out western counterparts for all of you who know your tools. English is not my native language so I have to learn some English names of some of the tools, some of this might be avoided if I get help.

I might want to make a reverse list when this one is getting big and if I get some response on this.

So all of you here with knowledge, please help me with this!

Blog post can be seen here:

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 04:23 PM

Toshio Odate’s book would be a good starting point. I
don’t retain the Japanese names of Japanese tools
personally. The book does cover quite a few of
them. It was out of print and costly for several
years but it’s been reprinted recently.

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 04:29 PM

Yes I know, that book always gets referred to as “Thee book of Japanese tools”... I dont fully agree with that but its one of the more commonly available books on the subject. Still I already have more info on that blog post than that book. I have about 20 or so books about the subject but I’m looking for people with knowledge.

Thanks tho, Loren.

I hope I dont come of as rude… Im not sure if my way of writing is polite… sorry in advanced!

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