Hello! I am Takami Kawai, a Japanese carpenter. I enjoy woodworking at the Suikoushya in Kyoto. In addition to repairing shrines and renovating old houses, we share fine woodworking with people, hold woodworking classes around the world, and hold joinery solo exhibitions.
Today, I will explain the theme “How to plane a Tree with Knots”.
First, wet the knots.
Whille the knots are soaking the water, sharpen the blade.
After sharpening, wipe the knots.
Wetting the entire surface of the wood will make the Kanna sole out of tune.
It is best to shave the wood when the knots are wet.
For Wood without Knots
Outer Side(closer to the bark): Pull the Kanna Top to Bottom.
Inner Side(closer to the heartwood): Pull the Kanna Bottom to Top.
For wood with Knots
Outer Side(closer to the bark): Pull the Kanna Bottom to Top
OUter Side (closer to the heartwood): Pull the Kanna Top to Bottom.
Do not fright the knots.
Till the Kanna at angle the knot is at.
Make sure the Chip Breaker is set tight and is working.
It is especially important when working with knots.
If the chip breaker is not working, tear outs will occur.
At Suikoushya, we share traditional Japanese woodworking techniques and skills. Since it is a small group system, we will provide guidance tailored to each individual’s skills, from beginners to woodworking professionals. Please join us!
I look forward to sharing fine woodworking with you.