So instead here are 11 great japanese writers and the their books available in english that make great travel buddies for a trip to japan. This is actually a compilation of two japanese books that were translated to english one on woodworking in general tools and techniques and one on joinery.
A handbook for joiners and carpenters and japanese woodworking.
Best japanese woodworking book. This is not a book for the purist aesthete maybe but it generally shows multiple ways of doing things sort of a hierarchy of quality. This book combines the 2 out of print books. It doesn t get too in depth but i picked up some useful tips.
A handbook of japanese tool use woodworkng techniques. This list was meant to be a top five but i simply couldn t choose. Our woodworking books centred on the craft as it is practiced in japan are selected to be informative practical and useful to the woodworker looking to deepen their understanding of the craft and pursue projects to expand and extend their skills.
Woodworking books for beginners 1 woodworking basics mastering the essentials of craftsmanship by peter korn. Thejoinery jp is the twitter account of this artist a young japanese man who works by day in automobile marketing. It includes information about safety tool usage wood selection and all of the nitty gritty basics you need to get started.
At the time of writing he has created gif illustrations of 81 traditional wood joints. Which saw is better. The project is ongoing as the creator continues to seek new information about this fascinating tradition from books magazines and other archival sources.
In this article from christopher schwarz you ll learn about one of the most important japanese woodworking tools. When i read haruki murakami s norwegian wood during a trip to japan both the trip and the book sparked a fascination with japanese novels that has stayed with me ever since. Nature forms a vital part of japanese craft so it s no surprise that woodwork and carpentry is a real specialty within japanese art with an abundance of woods available all with differing properties japanese carpentry is a wonderfully diverse artform depending on the richness of the wood to the intricate detail and skill of its makers.
In volume 2 of this series you ll concentrate on learning verbs but you ll also learn how to connect sentences particles katakana over 800 words and expressions and much more. Be sure to check out the thought provoking forewords from len brackett and our sensei jay van arsdale. Japanese from zero 2 picking up where japanese from zero 1 left off volume 2 is just as good if not better.
There s so much info here. Christopher discusses the increasing popularity of japanese woodworking saws and why many western woodworkers are choosing them over locally made tools. It was interesting to skim the first book and see how woodworking in japan differs from the west.
This is a long standing classic in the woodworking world. As was shown in this books sister publication japanese woodworking the use of metal fasteners and reinforcements are now commonly used in modern construction. Continual learning is invaluable in the pursuit of mastery.