...So that I can try the "ScarySharp" method. As a newbie in the WW field,
I have been lurking the wreck for a bit. I would like to commend you guys
on having one of the best unmoderated ng's on the NNTP(may she always stay
That being said, I am in quite possibly the worst position I could possibly
find: Stationed in(on?) Okinawa, I have no real choice in most of the
purchases I make. It must be the Japanese stuff or nothing. As the term
"stationed" implies, I am in the Military, so cost is definitely a factor,
and having heavy tools shipped over is cost prohibitive. What I would like
to find out is this: Are there any good references for maintaining "crap"?
Websites, books, how-to's, etc? Something to take the beginner on a journey
through the basics. I have gathered enough info to true up my TS, and found
the "Scary sharp" article, but most everything else is outside my current
knowledge. I am one of the few in my generation(35yo) to know that
"Ignorance" is not a bad word, just a lack of knowledge, but "a man's got to
know his limitations". Can anyone point me in the right direction?
BTW, had an opportunity to be "stuck" in Honolulu last week, and found out
what that whole "Woodcraft" thing was all about! That store just floored me!
I will definitely retire in a place where a good tool shop is located!
My prediction is that you'll love it. Easy and inexpensive to get into it and
I spent a little time on Okinawa over 40 yr ago (Camp Haig, USMC 3rdDiv FMF) while it
was still under US occupation. Understand it
has since been returned to the Japanese.
As I understand it, Japanese woodworking hand tools have an excellent reputation
stateside. Maybe you are referring to something
Go to amazon.com, search "Books" with keyword "Woodworking". Just got 5664 hits.
Can't narrow it down too much from there without
knowing more about your particular interests. But you can browse the list and see
what strikes your fancy. I will recommend the Tage
Frid book. Doesn't matter whether you are a Neander or a Normite, there's something
in there for you.
A website that you will probably enjoy is Jeff Gorman's site at
You might could glean some info from
And I'm sure that other folks have a lot more they will be sharing with you.
I find myself wondering if the Japanese have consumer-crap for their home
market that is similar to the American consumer-crap that is available in
the US. If so, it's possible that Sysiphus has gotten hold of
consumer-crap instead of top-quality.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
The one(s) I had in mind was the two volume set on woodworking technique. I see
there's another one on furniture making. Is that the
one you were referencing? What did you find disappointing?
No "challenge" implied, I'm just not familiar with that book and would probably have
bought it simply because the technique book was
Wichita, KS USA
On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 08:36:04 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I know what you mean. It's a useful book if you want a workbench
design, or if you want to know more than you believed possible about
expanding table mechanisms. Other than that, a bit of a
My apologies....perhaps I provided too little info. Okinawa is not Japan,
at least not in a craftsman's perspective. There is (apparently) no
publicly accessible master/apprentice handcrafting going on here AFAICT.
My TS is a "Hometool", all instructions in Kanji, plastic/aluminum type.
Chisels appear to be quite cheap(think "Damascus tinfoil") Didn't buy those,
picked up a set of Crapsman at the PX. Picked up decent Dozuki/Ryoba, I
think. Gonna mail-order/ebay the planes, and if I ever decide to build a
guitar, Grizzly seems to be the place to go!
You might really enjoy talking with this fellow...
What Arnold did/does in military retirement was start a whole new career,
woodworking and teaching woodworking, in a straight forward, no BS style,
in short two and three day sessions, in and around San Francisco. Very
affordable classes, and accessible skills. You won't need to drop $10k to
get started making some great stuff.
I'm going to try to schedule myself into a class making and using handcut
You are in a great position to buy some of the world's best hand tools.
Chisels, saws, marking knives and sharpening stones are just a few of the
Try starting another thread called "Japanese tools to buy?", and explaining
your situation. You may be surprised how many guys would like to be where
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