|Photo by MAFE|
A Japanese plane at its simplest is a blade in a block of wood. The planes above have a second blade (a chip breaker) and a bar to hold the chip breaker.
I'm getting a gradual introduction to Japanese woodworking. I've had a Japanese saw for some time. It's lightweight and has a removable handle.
Robert LaPorte of Econest (where I'm taking a class this fall) recommended I visit Yann Giguere of Mokuchi who has a shop in Brooklyn. I went last week, and hope to return for a more in depth class on setting up and tuning a Japanese Plane (chisels too). Finding out about how Japanese planes work is initially intimidating. I have a book that gave me some basic information.
Fortunately I was able to follow up my reading with a visit to a gentleman nearby who showed me that it's not as scary as it all sounds. I'm warming up to the idea of planing on the pull.
I feel like this part of my life is about learning and gathering from various disciplines and identifying what aligns with the un-excavated vision within me. I don't really have a choice about what I do, if I listen to the voice within. I like making simple furniture, and I like hand tools. I'm going to chase Japanese woodworking for a while. I'm continuing with timber framing. I'm taking a home building course this summer too. All are slightly different. I'm hoping I come away with a perspective that is my own, when I put it all together.