Road trip; Miki Hamono Kurabu meeting.

(It means “Folks in Miki city who like/have/make sharp stuff go and play.”)

Hi Faithful reader,

Busy again, and I would have done something about this last night, but 5 hours driving on narrow highways plus concentrating for 7 hours in between drives will wear me out, every time.

Mostly it’s the driving. The bit in the middle, the club meeting, was fun. A lot of fun. I even learned something against my sternest wishes…

There’s no need to write up too much about it, I took a lot of pictures and my camera rarely left my side. There’s a picture of me out there trying to drive a #606 with a camera around my neck. It doesn’t work too well…

So, some pictures.

The hall we were in. Benches are simple with a trestle at either end, a pair of screwed on cross braces and a sheet of OSB for a top. Planing beams were screwed down for folks planing.

The Miki ‘Hamono’ mascots. I don’t think I need to explain what they are…

The scissors are new, the saw guy has been around for a while.

Tsunesaburo kanna.

Mr. Engraver. I never caught his name, but he’s good and very fast.

Dai maker, does a lot of work for Tsunesaburo. Again fast and good. Pay attention, you’ll be seeing more of this fellow I can guarantee it.

Ouchi chisels. He has a video on constant loop showing him working. Note the BIG chisels at the top of the picture.

Takada-san, a carpenter, getting familiar with an interloper…

(The wood is keyaki, also known as Japanese elm. Something like hard, hard oak. This was a crotched piece, and there was a real difficult section at the crotch. The LN had some trouble with it, initially. Got there in the end though, kind of…)

Another import! Where do they come from? Takada-san using the #606. I think he liked it more than the LN #164, especially for getting this board flat.

Before these two came out to play, the watchers were starting to fritter away from Takada-san’s set up. They all gravitated back quick smart to see these two and see how they worked.

Admiring the alien.

Uozumi-san (Tsunesaburo) giving an interview for the local FM radio station. Surprisingly, no time delay.

Grab it!

One of hundreds of thin shavings begins it’s life…

It grows…

And grows…

And grows some more…

Oh hurry up already!

Hey, look what I grabbed!

Making chop sticks (ohashi). This set up is common, and anyone can do it. Pays your money, walk away with a new set you made yourself.

It’s not that difficult…

Anyone can do it!

I can do it with one hand!


Adze you can see, there were more than just kanna in attendance. I didn’t get many pictures of these, and none in action. Sorry.

Mitsukawa saws. Try before you buy, and folks did buy a LOT…

Planes of all kinds and shapes here, all belonging to Ohira-san, a shoji and door maker from Osaka. See his site here; Ohirakogei.

Really, really nice guy. I talked with his wife at length, and suggested that they might make some video. I dang near pleaded with them to get him on video. You’ll see why later.

Bamboo rod maker. Note the Stanley block planes to the right and the wood framed net to the left.

Gyokucho saws. I don’t know what it is, but Gyokucho always have a really simple set up like this, and yet everything else is professional and they do a lot to promote these events as well. I suppose the flash and glitter doesn’t work too well at these kinds of things.

(And being within 10 metres of Mitsukawa-san probably doesn’t help either…)

Fujikawa chisels. I hope I got pictures of the fellow who makes them, you’ll be surprised…

(Also note, nobody was watching the store, and yet nothing went missing.)

Mitsukawa-san (in the headband) watching someone try out one of his saws.

A better look at Ouchi-san’s handywork.

Ohira-san’s winding sticks and set up rig for kanna. Great bit of gear, I’ll need to make one myself. Loved the clamps being re-configured as well. Keep that one in mind for the future. Take an ‘F’ clamp, cut the bar, drill some holes and screw it down. Simple!

Yasuhira-san, chisel handle maker sitting on the floor. Ouchi-san leaning on the drill press. One of these two you don’t want to arm wrestle with, care to guess who?

And with that, ends our little blog-doohickey for the day. I’m still pretty tired after yesterday, so am going to pack it in and get some more pictures and video up tomorrow.




2 comments to Road trip; Miki Hamono Kurabu meeting.

  • Steve Mitchell

    Hi Stu,

    Thanks for the tour! You are to be envied by any and all who are familiar (or not) with Japanese hand tools. At least I can say I have some Fujikawa nomi – ‘Yasaku’ brand (and I like them a lot), so I’d be interested to know more about them (and all the others too).

    Thanks again,


  • Gary Hodgin

    Sounds like fun, nice photos. Really like those long, thin shavings.