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Waiting for the start of today’s activities. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 6:47am


Waiting for the start of today’s activities. #nyckez

@big_sand_woodworking going to town on this log. This is much...

Giant Cypress - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 6:39am


@big_sand_woodworking going to town on this log. This is much easier than it looks. Because Japanese saws. #nyckez

The final product. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:32pm


The final product. #nyckez

Finished timber frame joint. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:04pm


Finished timber frame joint. #nyckez

More timber frame assembly. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:59am


More timber frame assembly. #nyckez

Joinery detail. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:45am


Joinery detail. #nyckez

Timber frame assembly. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:40am

A post shared by Wilbur Pan (@wilburpan) on Aug 4, 2017 at 11:37am PDT



Timber frame assembly. #nyckez

@mokuchistudio starting a timber frame assembly. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:37am


@mokuchistudio starting a timber frame assembly. #nyckez

Sharpening stations. #nyckez

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:23am


Sharpening stations. #nyckez

Super wide chisel that @joshvillegas94 uses for the final step...

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:09am


Super wide chisel that @joshvillegas94 uses for the final step in making the front of the throats of a Japanese plane. 54mm, baby! #nyckez

@joshvillegas94 doesn’t know you can’t use Japanese...

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:04am

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@joshvillegas94 doesn’t know you can’t use Japanese chisels on hardwoods. #nyckez

@joshvillegas94 in action at #nyckez .

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:11am

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@joshvillegas94 in action at #nyckez .

Plane making tools that @joshvillegas94 uses.

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 7:55am


Plane making tools that @joshvillegas94 uses.

@joshvillegas94 demonstrating how to make a Japanese plane body...

Giant Cypress - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 7:54am


@joshvillegas94 demonstrating how to make a Japanese plane body at #NYCKez

Let’s Plane!

Giant Cypress - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 9:08am
Let’s Plane!:

Brian Holcombe wrote a post on the lengths he will go to to kick my butt in the planing competition at the NYC Kez this weekend.

In all seriousness, this is a terrific writeup on how to make the body for a Japanese plane.

And again, if you haven’t signed up for the NYC Kez, there’s still time to do so. Hope to see you there.

NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>

Giant Cypress - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 9:28am
NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>:

giantcypress:

Yann Giguère just announced the date for this year’s NYC Kez. It’s on Saturday, August 5, 2017, with a pre-Kez workshop on Friday, August 4. It’s a great event. Hope to see you there.

Just a reminder that NYC Kez is happening this weekend. Click on the link for information and tickets. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you there. It’s completely worth it. 

Life on Earth on Twitter

Giant Cypress - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 7:48am
Life on Earth on Twitter:

Japanese woodworking does have its downsides.

I don’t have much background information on this video,...

Giant Cypress - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:08am


I don’t have much background information on this video, but it appears to be a German film showing how a chipbreaker works while planing a piece of wood in a manner similar to the Kawai-Kato chipbreaker video. Many of the factors demonstrated are still the same: the need to have the chipbreaker close to the edge of the blade, the effect of the angle of the leading edge of the chipbreaker, and what happens if the chipbreaker is set too close. You can also see the effect of the mouth, and my favorite bit, what happens when the chipbreaker isn’t set well on the blade.

This past weekend I had the good fortune to visit Frank Klausz...

Giant Cypress - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:28am


This past weekend I had the good fortune to visit Frank Klausz and his shop in preparation for shooting some videos on Japanese woodworking tools for Popular Woodworking in August. It was a great time, and Frank and his wife Edith were completely gracious hosts to me and my sons. 

Those of you who know our history might be surprised at this, but us New Jersey guys stick together, in the end.

Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Giant Cypress - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:18am
Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting:

Melissa Block, on Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting: 

So what will he be doing?

Well, we know that Day-Lewis has a number of deep passions outside of acting. Woodworking for one, dating back to when he was in boarding school.

Back then, he imagined a life making furniture and even applied for an apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker — before drama drew him in.

I’m always interested when people who you never would have thought would be a woodworker turn out to be one. This probably speaks to the universal appeal of the craft.

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