Category Archives: Asian Woodworking

Snap a Line!

When I was 7 my father called me out to the patio to help him as he was building a bookcase. He told me to hold a string to the end of a board, hold it tight and don’t let … Continue reading

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The Palm, the Ban Qi and “The Young Mechanic”

Several commenters to yesterday’s post about the origin of the  Chinese planning stop, known as the palm, offered some additional information and a Western version. In the wheelwright’s shop shown in the 12th-century scroll “Qingming shanhe tu” we see a … Continue reading

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Origin Stories: The “Palm” or Planing Stop

Lu Ban, born some time between 770 and the 5th century BC, is the divine protector of Chinese carpenters and artisans. He is credited with inventing the basic tool kit of the carpenter and the rules, measurements and rituals associated … Continue reading

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Much of a Muchness – Japanese & Estonian Cooperage

You never know what you might find when viewing Fujisan in a Japanese woodblock print. The tool the cooper is using looked very familiar and then I remembered the tools from “Woodworking in Estonia” by Ants Viires. The bigger Japanese … Continue reading

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