Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools


Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools, Pick-Ups from ‘All About Tools and Hand Sharpening’ course at DIY Japanese Joinery.

Tools are the base of your communication with one of mother nature’s finest creations, wood. This course will teach you everything you need to know about Japanese woodworking tools, including how to use them effectively, how to make initial adjustments, how to keep them in the best possible condition and, of course, how to sharpen them.

What Our Happy Students Are Saying

The DIY Japanese Joinery videos are a great introduction to woodworking. Hisao is humble, deliberate with his instructions and explanations, and easy to listen to. The videos are of high production quality and most importantly don’t skip any steps. Some video series will start an example, wave their hands, and then pull out a finished product, but the DIY Japanese Joinery series show every step of the way. Well worth the money for any style of woodworker interested in seeing a perspective from a Japanese master teacher and woodworker.


I bought into Hisao’s DIY Japanese Joinery online course after seeing his YouTube videos and then seeing his Kickstarter campaign… it is the best thing I have done for grounding my skills in the techniques of woodworking with Japanese tools and techniques. Hisao remove all mystique from the “mysterious” world of Japanese tools by beginning at the very beginning and stepping you through the beautifully “simple” tools design, setting up, maintenance and use. Hisao uses very clear instructions throughout the videos, and it is such a brilliant reference to be able to come back to from time to time to check on things one may have missed, or to deepen pone’s understanding of the world of Japanese woodworking… from tools and techniques to joints and approaches to working with timber. All round, Hisao’s DIY Japanese Joinery is excellent value for money


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