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Blog entry by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 01-19-2011 07:54 AM 6770 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine sent to me some video posts on YouTube that are incredible. If you enjoy watching hand craftmanship you’ll enjoy these video’s. You might not understand the language but I’m sure you’ll be amazed at the work.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 08:38 AM

Arigato gozaimasu. My knees ache just watching him work.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 09:25 AM

I watched a few of the vids, that is some great stuff.

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 09:32 AM

Thanks Dale:

I also watched a few of the other videos. Amazing Stuff! Guy was wearing Bedroom Slippers just like mine…LOL…I didn’t realize that their Planes also cut on the Pull Stroke.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 11:20 AM

Thanks Dale. These videos show some amazing work. I’m not surprised though, as I have read a bit about Japanese tools and work methods. However, it did have a lot of new things I haven’t seen before. As I watched the videos I had the following thoughts.

1. The relative small size of the shop, and that it was mostly filled with wood waiting to be worked.
2. The lack of machine tools and the resulting stillness.
3. The healthy environment not needing dust collection and the small amount of sawdust. (thin saws).
4. The clever simplicity of the work methods
5. The incredibly accurate and sophisticated joinery.
6. The smart (and sharp) tools.
7. The joy that must be felt working like that.
8. That if I were a young man I would probably head to Japan to learn their way of woodworking as so many Americans have done.
9. Admiration for the man’s wonderful skill and a little envy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 05:37 PM

Thanks for sharing this with us Dale; It has a humbling affect. I’m glad I don’t have to crouch like a ninja warrior all day in my shop like that though, I think it would probably kill me.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 06:41 PM

Doesn’t matter the language, watching grain magically appear with each stroke of the plane is still a cool thing. I wonder if there is a market for just shooting a bunch of video of somebody planing rough wood. I think I could be pretty happy with that playing on the TV…. More relaxing even than watching a crackling fire. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 07:13 PM

Very nice. Thanks for that!


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#8 posted 05-14-2011 05:01 PM

Thanks for the post Dale
enjoyed them a lot

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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