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A monk asked Joshu, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming to China?” Joshu said, “The oak tree in the garden.”A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the living meaning of Zen?” Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in the yard.”
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A Voice You Can Trust – or 100 - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 9:28am
A Voice You Can Trust – or 100 - Popular Woodworking Magazine:

Christopher Schwarz:

I’ll make a statement that will get me in trouble. When I hear woodworking instructors say they teach only the best techniques, I think they really mean that they teach only the techniques they are intimately familiar with. In other words, they haven’t opened their minds to the all the wild ways we can transform a tree into something useful.

Completely agree. After all, if woodworkers truly were committed to following best practices, we would all be using Japanese tools.

In all seriousness, learning how western hand tools work helped me a ton in understanding how Japanese tools work.

NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:28am
NYC | KEZ | 2017 - MOKUCHI >>:

Yann Giguere 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.


Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:58am

Doug Stowe:

I am at Woodworker’s Showcase in Saratoga Springs, New York, and along with my fellow jurors, examined a great deal of fine work from wood. My personal choice as best of show is a hand-crafted Adirondack guide boat. I think my readers understand my own love of wooden boats.

If you haven’t run across Doug’s blog, go there now and spend some time there. Doug is one of the most thoughtful woodworkers out there, and his blog is a complete reflection of that. I usually go to the Northeastern Woodworkers Association Woodworkers Showcase, but unfortunately I can’t make it this year because I’m away for work. I’m really disappointed, as I would like to meet Doug one day.


Fellow jurors, Ernie Conover, Bob Van Dyke and Freddy Roman had the same feeling about the quality of the boat and we came to a quick agreement. Best of Show. 

Seeing Ernie and Freddy would have been great too, as well as meeting Bob.

Next year.

Hand colored albumen print of two Japanese woodworkers slabbing...

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 3:28am

Hand colored albumen print of two Japanese woodworkers slabbing up some logs with maebiki, c. 1890. I like to think it’s the same two guys in this photo, after they got tired of having sawdust fall on them all day.

(Photo from Flickr / Okinawa Soba (Rob).)