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275841 Don Schwartz <dks@t...> 2022‑07‑02 production of Japanese tokonomi poles
My S-I-L GIT sent me this link to a video from the Takenaka carpentry 
museum: how they grow and harvest those smooth tokonomi poles used in 
construction. Fascinating methods, lots of hand tool use. No subtitles, 
but very informative nonetheless.

諸職の技『京都 北山杉を育てる』/竹中大工道具館ビデオライブラリー(Japanese 
version only


Sit back and enjoy.



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275855 Mpfiller 2022‑07‑03 Re: production of Japanese tokonomi poles
These poles are of kitayama sugi, Japanese Cedar, from the enclave of Kitayama.
These are of particular use in construction of traditional teahouses.
I have visited the Takayama Museum of Carpentry Tools in Kobe on several
occassions.  If you are ever in Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, etc.) it is a
must see.  About half a block from Shin-Kobe JR train station.
This picture was taken in the basement of the museum, showing the construction
of a teahouse.
It is amazing what can be accomplished with a few simple tools.  
The hatchet, nata in Japanese, is a powerful tool, from removing branches, to
bark removal, even pointing the ends of the bole to protect it from damage.
The use of wedges to put a lengthwise split in the log is a common thing in
Japan.  Better to create a split where you want it than to have one appear at
random as the wood air dries.  There is always one "face" unseen once in use

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