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Thread: Went to a DIY Woodworking show today....

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    Went to a DIY Woodworking show today....

    It was not bad at all this year, lots of stuff to see and I met some really interesting guys.

    First off, they have almost zero large machines on display, almost no tablesaws, the only ones I saw were bench top ones, no bandsaws, no jointers, and only a few thickness planers, so this is not nearly the same kind of woodworking show as you guys get in the US etc.

    But, I got to meet a number of black smiths, cool guys for sure, and some of them were very talkative too.

    One guy I met and I got to talking, he told me that he sells a ton of his dovetail chisels to some company in the US & Canada. I asked him when he started to sell them, he said in April or so this year. Well, I thought that it HAS to be Lee Valley, as they just started selling "Japanese Dovetail chisels".

    Says this on their site.........

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    Known as umeki-nomi (filling-in chisels) for their ability to work into sharp corners, these are versatile traditional tools.
    Though they excel at removing the waste from between dovetails, they are suitable for a variety of tasks because their triangular sections and narrow edges allow them to work adjacent to any inclined surface. Their red oak handles have pre-seated hand-forged hoops and are slightly canted to provide clearance for flush-trimming projections and paring recessed joints.
    Hand forged and finely finished by master blacksmith Hiroshi Koyama (Koyamaichi), the laminated blades combine a hard high-carbon Hitachi white steel face with a shock-absorbing softer steel back.
    Hardened to Rc65-66. Available individually or as a set of all six sizes in a canvas tool roll. (Since these are hand made, they may vary in size by 1mm.)
    So I get home and I check his card, and sure enough this is the guy!

    heck of a nice guy, selling a bunch of his stuff cheap too, they were seconds, but you had to ask him to show you the (VERY) minor flaws.

    I bought this off of him.........

    Attachment 11859 Attachment 11860 Attachment 11861

    It is called a "Bachi Nomi" which is a play on the pick used to play the Japanese Guitar, a thing called a Bachi, as they are similar in shape.


    Here you can see a bachi on a shamisen.

    Here is a basic bachi....


    Anyway, Mr. Koyama told me that these bachi nomi are not made much anymore, they are difficult, due to their thinness and the odd shape.

    Usually 15,000 yen ($125 USD) but today I got it for 5000 yen ($42 USD) so yeah, I'm a bit happy!

    This fellow was so friendly, he invited me down to see his factory, and such, but it is in Hyogo, which is a 7 hour drive

    So much more to share, but I got to hit the sack, I'm going again tomorrow, as I want to take part in a blacksmithing hands on, but you got to be there when they open or they fill up too soon.

    Oh, one thing I'll share, the Festool Domino, they want 189,000 yen for it, that is $1575 USD, without the fence thing and with out any of the floating tenons, they want about $250 for the systrainer full of tenons....... take that one off my want list
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    Stu very cool story....I once met Mr. Rogers in an airport, my biggest celeb meeting, but I think meeting a master blacksmith would trump that anyday.

    Make sure to post pics from the "hands on" blacksmithing if you can

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    Very cool Stu. I'm not much of a talker at shows, so when I hear stories like your's, I find them fascinating. Only 7 hours away!? I would definitely try to take him up on his offer. It sounds like he really wants to share his art, and with your curiosity, I'd say this is a match made in heaven!

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    cool stu!
    i`ve only been to one woodworking show in my life awf last year in atlanta, it might be 7 hrs well spent to go see that guys foundry?
    (i`d like to see pictures)
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    Way cool Stu. I think your version of the wood show is much more interesting than the US version.

    BTW, I think even with shipping, you could get a better deal on the Domino. And at $250, I think I would make my own tenons. They go for about 3 cents a piece out here.
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    Stu, glad you are having/had a good time at the show. Come on now, make the seven hour drive for all of us. I could send you a little mula to cover gas and hotel for you and the Mrs.. Pictures, interview, post on here, that could be extraordinary!!!!!!!! Tuck that in your mind for a while would you????

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    Seven hours??? That's only 4 1/2 by bike, isn't it?? Heck I spent 2 1/2 hours finding the Beis fence today!
    Sounds like you had a great time today. Look forward to the next installment. Jim.
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    Stu, what is a Bachi Nomi used for? The handle looks a bit long to be used on one of them square banjo-looking things. (That said, my guitar pick of choice is stainless steel...but without the handle.)

    Sounds like a good time at the show.
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    Well, I did not make it back today, I was not informed that I had a delivery to do for the local Daycare, a bunch of stuff, needed the truck and there was no way I could pass this one off to my lovely wife Oh well.........

    The Bachi Nomi is used mainly for cleaning up work in tight places, like corners etc. it is very sharp right out of the box, and will only need a minor hone. It is one of those tools that I do not expect to use much, but when needed it will be great to have around.

    Cheers!
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    Man, the Japanese folks must have a different approach to daycare than we do in the US. We never had liquor deliveries when I was in preschool. Seems like a good way to keep the little curtain climbers under control, though. Nap time from about 10:00 AM until the parents pick 'em up in the evening.
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