World Maker Faire New York 2013

Means to an End: The Convergence of Japanese and Western Woodworking Tools

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Saturday3:00 PM3:30 PM

Japanese and western woodworking traditions developed completely separately from each other, resulting in different styles, methods, and tools. But even with this parallel development, some striking similarities can be found between the two types of woodworking. This presentation will show how Japanese and western woodworking tools are often much more similar than they appear, with implications for makers looking for the best method of work.


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Wilbur Pan

Wilbur Pan is a woodworker with an interest in Japanese woodworking tools. He has written articles on Japanese woodworking for Popular Woodworking Magazine, as well as on his blog, Giant Cypress.