Starting with the setup of a Japanese workshop, the author introduces the reader to a wide variety of tools, including saws, chisels and planes. He shows how to get a razor-sharp cutting edge and how to handle the delicate task of setting the blade in a Japanese plane. The author livens his text with memories and stories that help you understand the spiritual as well as the practical nature of Japanese tools and the esteem in which they are held by traditional craftsmen. 189 pages, with 149 pages of black and white photographs, drawings and illustrations by the author. 9¼ ˝ x 12¼ ˝, soft-bound.