Found a link to this Master's site in Taunton's
Knots forum. If you think you've seen most of
the possible ways to hold two pieces of wood
together - well think again. If you think that
if you've seen a well executed dovetail joint
you've seen them all - well think again. If you
think you've already seen the nicest wood there
is - thing again. If you think that Krenov couldn't
possibly be out-Krenoved - you maybe want to
think again. After you spend an hour or so on
Yazawa's site you'll come away saying "DAMN that
guy is a great woodworker - and truly a master of
If you're a handtools junkie - check out his shop.
Never saw so many Japanese saws in one place.
To me, there is nothing wrong with having an attitude that "I am good at
what I do. Not the best, but pretty good."
I do have an attitude with people who say, "I'm the best."
I believe if you involved Mr. Yazawa in a conversation, he would say, "Oh, I
have a lot to learn," or "There are some who are far better than I," or
'Thank you, but I am only a beginner."
True talent on this scale is always tempered with modesty.
Untalented people always amuse me with their lack of humility.
You, Mr. Michaels are a person I am impressed with as much as Mr. Yazawa.
That stuff is more art than anything else.
Reminds me of the story about a fellow that presented pictures of a dresser
as an indication of his skills at a job interview. The dresser was nice
with dovetailed drawers, etc. but was rather plain looking.
"That's nice but not very impressive" said the interviewer. "How long did
that take you to complete?"
"2 years" said the applicant proudly.
"2 years and this is all you have to show?"
"Why yes. All I had was an old tree and a pocket knife."
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