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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 10-17-2014 08:15 PM 2198 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While looking through some photo files of yore, I happened across some that I took while Mrs. handsawgeek and I were on a trip to South Korea in 2010.

One of the places we toured was the Korean Folk Village Museum in Yongin near Seoul.

The Korean Folk Village is very similar to our own Colonial Williamsburg in the sense that they have reconstructed replicas of centuries-old palaces, homes and shops where modern day artisans, craftsmen, and performers carry on the traditional trades and arts, all dressed in the period clothing.

Being a woodworker, I was, of course, drawn to the carpentry and cabinetry demonstrations and displays.

Here are a couple of photos (somewhat blurry) of some early traditional Korean woodworking tools that were on display behind glass..

In reality, these aren’t too much different than the varieties of tools found in our own woodworking heritage.


-- Ed

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 08:22 PM

Thanks for sharing these. Every time I see a hand tool from the past I try to imagine myself using it and then find I can’t help but be impressed (and slightly envious) of those talented enough to use them. Practice will do much, but aptitude and talent are from within and can’t be learned from without.

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 01:15 PM

Thanks for posting those!

I visited Minsokchon ages ago, when I was much younger, and have always remembered it with great fondness and have always regretted not getting some tools and doing woodworking at that point in my life.

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