About this Blog

Welcome. This blog aims to serve two purposes. First, it is a project diary of sorts. Second, I hope to provide some ideas, resources, and tips to others. It has been difficult to find information on Japanese style woodworking in English, so wherever I can I will put information out there with the desire that someone can use it, correct it, or add to it. To be clear, woodworking is my hobby not my vocation so time and economics are not my focus. 

Power tools have their place and I use them for milling. But as a hobbyist  I can opt to take more time and enjoy the process - without the noise and dust. Besides, my modest work space is under the same roof as my living space.  I use Western and Japanese hand tools depending on the wood and the task but sometimes I make my own tools. I inherited traditional American tools and have reclaimed them from "genuine antique" status to "serviceable" status. Travels in Japan exposed me to that world of woodworking and toolmaking perfection and I have been trying to learn more about it ever since.

Recent projects have been largely in softwoods because the Japanese tools that I use are designed and prepared for them. Also, I tend to work wood that I can salvage or buy locally and that rules out many hardwoods. Redwood, Alaskan cedar, various pines, Monterey cypress, Port Orford cedar, western red cedar. These are all available on the Left Coast here. Some can even be free if the wind blows hard or you remodel an old building.

For the past couple years I have been working with the Kezurou-kai USA group to help build the organization and get their digital presence in order - so I have not had a lot of time to blog or woodwork. However, I have learned much from the members and leaders of Kezurou-kai USA. 

If you are getting started down the road of discovery about (mostly) Japanese woodworking, carpentry, furniture, handtools and toolmaking, I urge you to take a look at the Kez USA organization. Generally we have a single main event per year, but we organize smaller projects and lend our help to others who organize or want to organize a local events. We continue to build our membership and our organization across North America and are an officially recognized chapter of Kezurou-kai Japan. 

Please take a look http://kezuroukai.us

Thanks for your interest.

Peter McAneny