Tag: Japanese tools

  • Kanna curious?

    Kanna curious?

    The Japanese wooden hand plane, called a kanna, seems a bit more mysterious to the western woodworker. In learning more, one might fall for several misconceptions about these tools. Here, I try to address some of these misconceptions first and then talk about what you should consider when trying to get one to work

  • Putting chisels to the test

    Putting chisels to the test

    Early on in ones journey as a woodworker in the West, one hears the siren song of Japanese chisels. The only reason that one should own western chisels is if you like to sharpen tools. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but has a bit of truth to it. One of the challenges with purchasing…