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You should check out a new YouTube channel – Third Coast Craftsman – created by Chris Schoenberg of Michigan, home of the “Third Coast.” His videos inspire, entertain and educate. The high-quality and diversity of his work make watching his productions a pleasure.

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Tasai

Our Tasai 4/4˝ Damascus Cabinetmaker's Mortise Chisel is hand forged by master chisel maker Akio Tasai.

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What is special about Japanese tools that sets them apart from their western counterparts? Five qualities come to mind: tradition, tool design that offers centuries of tried and proven use, unmatched craftsmanship, the steel used, and, of course, the pure beauty of the tools.


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Chiselbevels

How to sharpen the bevel on Japanese Chisels (and other blades). Demonstrated by Phil Fuentes and interviewed by Scott Phillips.

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Sharpening

First step in chisel sharpening is to make sure that the back is flat. Scott Philips interviews Phil Fuentes on this process. Tools available at the Japan Woodworker website or at participating Woodcraft stores nationwide.

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Japanesechisels

Japanese Woodworking Chisels are handmade and forged individually by skilled craftsmen.

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Types of Japanese Chisels

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Each chisel is inspected prior to shipment to assure that it meets our own rigid standards. While each chisel is ground sharp by the maker, we can not guarantee each edge will be ground perfectly square and free of minor nicks. However, edges of this sort are few and far between.

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Woodcarving is a traditional art and craft which has seen a considerable body of fine work produced with instruments which have changed little over the past three centuries, and in many cases, over the past millennium.

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When a new chisel with a hooped handle is received, quite often the hoop is loose. This is common to all Japanese chisels. The function of the hoop is solely to keep the handle from splitting. 

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