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Location: Nara, Japan

I'm originally from southern California, I came to Japan about 20 years ago.
I became interested in woodworking and have been doing ever since.
I also like movies, and music.

Tools : Makita 2012 planer, Ryobi table saw (imported from America), Ryobi BS-51 Band saw, Bosch 6" ROS, as well as an assortment of Japanese hand tools.

In the spring and summer, I cruise around Nara looking for felled trees. I often pick up persimmon, paulownia, cherry (very abundant), keyaki (zelkova), camphor, and fig.

I live in Sakurai, which was a lumber town known for its Hinoki (Japanese cypress) grown in the mountains that surround Nara, and used in the building of traditional Japanese houses. Now as many companies have gone under with the decreasing economy or are continuing by making glulams for the ever increasing presence of lower cost 2x4, or prefab houses.

Still more to come....

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 02:28 AM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 02:51 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 03:11 AM

Hello Ward63,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 05:25 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D.

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 05:48 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 06:34 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy


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#7 posted 12-13-2009 09:47 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 04:50 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 05:15 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 11:28 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 06:16 AM

Thanks everybody for the warm welcome :-) I’ll start posting pics when I can reach my friends who have taken pics of my work cuz my pics are just terrible.

Thanks again

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 11:34 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#13 posted 11-19-2010 07:00 AM

Welcome to LJs, and thanks for your comment on my name card case!
It’s really good to know that we have a new LJ Kansai area!
Enjoy and please post your projects!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#14 posted 11-19-2010 02:48 PM

Thanks, Junji :-)
What kind of local woods do you have in Kyoto?
I can get cherry, persimmon (kaki & kuro gaki), fig (ichijiku), holly (mochinoki), paulownia (kiri)
in my area.

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#15 posted 11-20-2010 01:22 AM

I originally from Kyoto, but am in Kobe, so don’t know much about local woods in Kyoto. But here, I get some cherry and some kind of Oak in woods near my house. I don’t have much chance to get woods from there, but more importantly, I don’t have enough equipment to process the woods. So only ways I can use them is like as it is like this, , or
kuro gaki, ichijiku, mochinoki! Wow, I really wanna see your projects!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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