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”.  have fun!


To finish a knotted wood surface, you need to follow the knots direction.

However, the direction of the knots and the fiber direction of the wood are generally opposite when finishing. So adjusting the plane blade is very important.

Let’s finishing by setting the position of the chip breaker to a proper place.




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.

One month Japanese woodworking classes

How to plane a Tree with Knots
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