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The Woodworker Sessions #7 - 10 Questions with Heero Hacquebord of Great Brak River

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The Woodworker Sessions #7 - 10 Questions with Heero Hacquebord of Great Brak River

I would love to specialise more and more in hand tool work. I do not have space for machines. They are necessary and great for a furniture factory, but for hobby-work; machines are noisy, chew electricity, require babysitting, adjustments, service, parts, and worst of all create dust.

Handtools require sharpening, oiling…and that’s about it. No noise, no dust…what a life!

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 3: Saws & Sawing

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 3: Saws & Sawing

The Japanese Pull Style Saw or Nokogiri, has in the past twenty to thirty years become an accepted and extremely popular hand tool in Western Woodworking.

Generally, novices find it much easier to learn to cut cleanly, straight and quickly with Japanese saws than Western Saws.

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 2: Hand Planes

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 2: Hand Planes
With regard to Hand Planes, you will definitely get excellent value for your money with Japanese models. The simplicity of the planes is unique and therefore a good basic Japanese Plane will set you back less than half the price of a good basic Western version. 

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 1: Gauges, Knives & Hammers

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking  Tools - Part 1: Gauges, Knives & Hammers

Over the past thirty or so years, there has been a burgeoning interest in Japanese woodworking tools and methods by Western woodworkers.

We are attracted to these tools for a myriad of reasons. For some, it is the attraction of the philosophy and tradition of the Japanese woodworker or the technical aspects and quality of the tools, for others it is the romanticism of the eons old history of the Japanese sword and blade makers...

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The Woodworker Sessions #6 - 10 Questions with Dr. Gert du Toit of Durban

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The Woodworker Sessions #6  -  10 Questions with Dr. Gert du Toit of Durban

This week in the Woodworkers Sessions,  I chat to Dr. Gert du Toit, Specialist Bariatric Surgeon and passionate worker of wood. Due to his extreme time constraints, Gert answered my questions via audio recordings, which I then transcribed. I wish to profusely thank Gert for taking the time to share his workshop, his knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm with us.

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