Back to the Hammer? or 3 Hammers and a Mallet?

(UPDATE) - the new handles look great, feel great in the hand and have a more solid feel.  Third time is the charm in this case. They say things happen in three's or is that bad things happen in 3's??  Anyways, this is my 3rd attempt at handles for my Japanese hammers.  I have three... Continue Reading →

Update on the Sumitsubo

Turns out the description on the back of the ink bottle is actually what it shows. Instead of putting a big wad of silk fluff into the basin in the body, you are supposed to stuff the fluff equally between the two bags in the box and place that in the basin.  Like this: except... Continue Reading →

Bringing a Kikai Shakuri Kanna out of the dark (Part 1)(Updated)

UPDATE: My friend yushi weighed in and this is indeed a Japanese Plough plane and not the sliding dovetail plane I bought from the description.  Time to have a chat with the seller I suppose  Maybe I can modify the plough plane or just make my own?  Bummer I have an old Japanese plough plane... Continue Reading →

Fixing an ancient Japanese Sumitsubo (part 2)

Now that the repair on the crack in the Sumitsubo is complete, time to put it together and try it out.  Right?  Not so fast it turns out.   I pulled my supplies out to finish the task and discovered an issue.  I don't speak or read japanese.  I don't normally read directions (sometimes to... Continue Reading →

Fixing an ancient Japanese Sumitsubo (part 1)

I was fortunate enough to find an old, antique, rare or ancient (pick your definition of old) sumitsubo on ebay from a seller in Japan.  You can buy new ones in wood from several places in the US, Canada , England, Germany and probably most industrialized countries as japanese woodworking techniques have become popular outside... Continue Reading →

Japanese Hammers need a new handle (update)

Remember this picture from the post on the new handles for my japanese hammers that I needed to make? If you look at the hammer on the right and specifically the area where the hammer head meets the handle, you will see a space on both sides of the handle.  Not good.  It's been bothering... Continue Reading →

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