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  1. in the era of hand-hewn beams planks, the finishing adze was a well known
    tool….as is the Broad axe…..(though they use it in a rather unique
    methodology)….
    the only unique tool here is the yari-kanna…..

  2. adze, a variation of a chisel plane, and a broad axe… all common
    woodworking tools used around the world since antiquity…

  3. that’s the method i’m familiar with…it always amazed me to watch some of
    the traditional japanese carpenters at work…..when they hew
    logs…they’re freakin’ BAREFOOT, swinging an axe at the log they’re
    standing on!!!

  4. What percentage of Japanese Carpenters are missing toes? :)

  5. Quantum Uncertainty Workshop

    never ran into any viking carpenters huh? the first tool is a variation of
    an Adze which is used for carving out stuff like bowls and seats or in the
    case of this video used to create a decorative texture on the surface of
    the beam… the second tool i can see being japanese specific but the 3rd
    one again with vikings… the swedes even took it one step further and
    offset the head of the axe to make clean cuts while standing off to the
    side of the log in a natural position otherwise you’re cutting INTO the log
    on an angle while trying to hew/chink a post/beam.

  6. That first one is an adze and it is still used in the US at times. The last
    one is just an ax every culture on the planet has those.

  7. very misleading title .these are not unique.

  8. Interesting variations of COMMON woodworking tools. The first is an adze,
    which you can buy today with a wooden handle in either flat 2 dimensional
    curved blade or a 3 dimensional curved blade for hollowing the seats of
    Windsor chairs. Both can be used for texturing the surface of timber. The
    second is exactly the same as a Slip with about the same length handle. The
    western slips have different angles between the blade and the handle. The
    Japanese yari-ganna leaf plane’s action in the wood is exactly the same as
    a western slip but it’s angle helps smaller people use the whole body to
    supply the force instead of just the arms with the western slips. In the
    west slips are commonly used by shipwrights building wooden traditional
    ships and timber framers and log cabin builders. In both cases it is the
    skill of the carpenter and not the body of the plane which determines the
    shaving. The third tool I would call a bearded axe as the blade extends
    down the handle past where it is secured. These are common in Timber
    producing countries where hand felling takes place. They would be used for
    debranching after felling and before bucking into lengths. To use an axe to
    produce square baulks of timber is very wasteful.

  9. nonsense. The first tool is an Adze, the 2nd is a plane and the third is a
    hewing axe. Nothing special about them.

  10. Tim Hyatt if you think that is amazing there is a video about Korean
    carpentry that is amazing as well. They use heat and fire in very unique
    ways.

  11. +Jonathan Capehart Are you referring to heating and straightening or
    charring and scraping the heavy ash off of it?

  12. That’s what I was going to say as well.

  13. I have one sitting right next to me, or at least the head: a carpenter’s
    broad hatchet, the small version of a broad axe. I need to make a new
    handle for that hatchet.
    That chisel plane is neat. Gotta get me one of those. 🙂

  14. And not present in damned near any production wood shop today. Except maybe
    for some dude messing around in his shop for youtube clicks.

  15. We have adzes and broadaxes in Europe…

  16. not every carpenter is going to have every tool, but the same could be said
    for any tradesman and their assortments of tools…

    But to say “only japanese carpenters” would have such tools is just not
    correct.

  17. Some may consider the “old school” stuff a pain. More effort, and they
    don’t have throw-away bits so there’s more TLC to keep them useful. But it
    depends on how on the grid you are. Modern you’re either going to need to
    lug batteries (and hope they’re charged), or require an ATV or truck with a
    genny or air compressor. The old way you just load onto your belt or
    rucksack and for whatever sweat you put into it your golden.

    There’s still a place for knowing the art without all the conveniences.

  18. The second one is just a variation on a spoon knife. It has just been given
    a longer handle. And neither it nor the first one is really necessary –
    they just give the wood a decorative finish. The hewing axe is found in
    just about the whole world, although the western one with its offset blade
    produces a better finish.

  19. somehow the guy with the 3rd tool still has all his toes.

  20. Going through the comments and reading all the pretentious assholes whining
    about the video and the title… we live in sad times allright.

  21. telescopereplicator

    OMG……..sharp axes and bare feet…….what a wonderful
    combination……… Good idea………..

  22. why make video in russian or whatever language, but title in english?
    disliked cuz of this next time think about these things

  23. Thanks a lot!

  24. +Hrothgar
    If they have different forms then they are different tools. I never saw
    anything similar to that spear shaped shaving tool.

  25. They’re only aesthetically different, not functionally. The axe there looks
    nearly identical to one I have sitting in the basement, in fact. The spear
    shaped thing is a tool I don’t know, as I said before. It may or may not be
    unique.

  26. It depends on how many toes you like to have.

  27. I wish I could read russian, or wathever that is XD

  28. +Rebecca Donaldson – My nomination for commenter of the decade.

  29. Good job with the captions, Putin.

  30. russian, you shouldn’t. he says what you already see

  31. Perhaps this video would be better titled “3 tools only Japanese modern
    carpenters still use”. All cultures that were adept at using wood likely
    used these tools at some point, but whereas power tools entirely displaced
    the use of these in the west, in Japan, that hand-tooled texture is still
    prized and thus the practice of using these tools is still fairly
    widespread.

  32. Yeah, really nothing new. We don’t use them anymore because we don’t do
    that sort of work by hand anymore.

  33. That’s an adze, a drawing knife, and a broad-axe.
    So, tell me, how are those tools that “only Japanese Carpenters have”?
    These tools were developed independently, all over the globe by almost
    every culture.

  34. My thoughts echo yours while watching this. Ironic that plenty of ancient
    shipwrights would (privately, and never to be admitted 🙂 have given their
    eyeteeth to get the ‘clean’ finish available with modern power tools with
    such little comparative effort and time, while the Japanese still respect
    the ‘traditional’ finish. On your last comment about waste: I work for a
    DIY chain that handles bulk timber. The ‘bark edged’ trimmings are often
    used as dividers on the delivery (to allow the forks on a forklift to
    de-stack ‘lifts’) and some of these have been re-cycled further as I have
    passed them on to a local Cat rescue center as scratching posts!

  35. Yeah, I can see some kind of axe, some knife-thingy and some kind of
    hatchet. I have no idea what the tools are actually called.

  36. @Con Cahill It always gladens my heart that people who work with wood have
    so much respect for it’s use. The longer it is in use the more carbon it
    locks up, the world’s best renewable resource. I’ve just made a picture
    frame for a tapestry out of American Black Walnut which came across the
    Atlantic as packaging for imported timber. Planed out of winding, beading
    done with a wooden Beadiing Plane (1/2″) made by Parrott who ceased
    planemaking before 1800. It is on my facebook page under the same name.
    Because so many people throw out some very expensive timber I am just
    learning to make dolls house mouldings with a Trend set of cutters I got
    2nd hand on e-bay to use up my vast store of hardwood.

  37. Yep. It’s unnecessary labor. We have machines that do much more in a
    shorter amount of time with equal or better quality. Japan likes to keep
    their (largely inferior) tools around as a matter of tradition more than
    anything else. It’s like how traditional katana making is very labor
    intensive and the blades are considered valuable, when a cheaply made
    modern steel replica is superior in nearly every way as long as it has a
    hardened edge. It’s all tradition and nothing more.

  38. Maybe it’s the booze, but that was funny.

  39. I’m a Scandinavian carpenter and we use that kind of axes and we have done
    so since stoneage. They are called “adze” and the other one we call
    “carpenters axe” in my country. That blade for planing we probably used
    before we invented the wood planer a couple of thousand years ago. But the
    axes are still used in western carpentry.

  40. scythelord You say “We have machines” as if the Japanese don’t also have
    those machines. Dunno if you knew this but not all buildings in Japan are
    constructed this. Probably most of them aren’t.

  41. +Austin Liu
    True! I build guitars and people are amazed and my heart sinks when they
    are as I get a flashback of me in the garage with loads of power tools. The
    first ones I made 30 years ago with hand tools where crap, but then I was
    learning. Maybe I’ll revisit hand tools and see what I can do? Oddly I
    bumped into a Croatian carpenter at a trade show and mentioned violins
    headstock scrolls – that was it, he gave me a 45 minute lecture on chisels
    that was AMAZING!!! Stuff you can’t find in books anywhere.

  42. chouna, yari ganna, masakari by order of the video

  43. this is essentially a version of a card scraper

  44. +scythelord
    I wouldn’t use the word “inferior”.. maybe “simpler”. I doubt there’s an
    American woodworker alive who doesn’t have a spokeshave, a variety of hand
    planes, and maybe even a brace and bit drill around. Sometimes simple
    tools can help accentuate true craftsmanship, whereas any dimwit can use a
    CNC to knock out parts. When I clicked on the video, based on the title, I
    was expecting to see something really exotic (as in the thumbnail). Adzes
    and broad axes are not exotic, and can not be described as something “only
    Japanese carpenters have”.

  45. I dint know what clickbait was.I had to look it up.

  46. My apologies, everything needs to be in your language; American overlord.

  47. swinging that bearded axe barefoot?!?!

  48. The Soviet Nikita why reply to his question in english?

  49. +Conni Randwúlf
    and just how protective is traditional Japanese footwear anyway?? 😉

  50. blatant troll is blatant?….you’re not even trying to sound like a
    condescending prick deriving self esteem from little fantasies,( ie you are
    enlightened and part of the bigger world?) ” i’m a grandpa little boy, i
    can have any shitty opinion i please, i earned it ! ” is the manner in
    which you attempt to educate those you deem possibly lacking… hairs on
    their balls?

    You know them grumpy sags that go commenting on youtube videos just to
    prove their age has worth?..Harold Supatroll but real bad at it, or maybe
    just real shitty name?
    Tell me all about it.

  51. @ dantefron inky: : ) Lol, haha. The best answer ever. So funny. Im on your
    side. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    @ toxi guy: Who are you again?

  52. Do it in leather boots and you will get the same result when you hit your
    foot. A proper broad axe won’t be stopped by leather boots.

  53. +pauljs75 Yeah it is good to see some craftsmen keeping up mastery of the
    old methods. Otherwise a lot of this skill will be lost.

  54. steel toe safety shoe

  55. Came to say this. Thanks

  56. I think there is no way he could hit his feets, considered he knows what he
    ks doing. Dont tell me about safety, i know you are ALWAYS supposed to wear
    safery gear

  57. Adze, plane, broad axe? while they may not look the same those all still
    exist in Western carpentry. Am here I thought you we gonna be informative.

  58. Jason Dalton (Dr. Induction)

    Forethought handicapped?

  59. +Yes Sir! Damn, that mustve been a sight

  60. In order of appearance: An adze, a plane and an axe.

  61. It takes a very different skill though, to use the japanese style “plane”.
    As compared with a “western” style plane.

  62. Boots were expensive in those days, those adze’s are common where I live
    was offered one for free in the pub a couple of weeks ago and turned it
    down -no use for it.

  63. +Tomas Classon I would argue that the Japanese tool is actually inferior
    because of this. When it takes a master to do something with one tool that
    can be done by a novice with a different tool, the first tool is needlessly
    hard to use. The only redeeming factor that the first tool may have is
    versatility. But, in this case I don’t see the Japanese tool is that
    versatile. Thusly, it’s inferior.

  64. Steel toed boots are a relatively new invention, prior to that there wasn’t
    footwear that would protect against an axe. So, I would suspect that people
    who did any work with axes where careful to not cut off there toe’s.
    Otherwise I would think that history would be full of stories of 9, 8, 7,
    or 3 toed people. Respect the tool you use and your safe. It doesn’t matter
    what kind of tool it is. Even a paper clip can kill, think about it.

  65. +Joseph Millan History is full of 9,8,7 and 3 toed people.

  66. +William may
    Yeah, that was the dumbest thing I’ve read.

  67. The Adz has been around since the bronze age and before in Egypt.

  68. don’t worry about it.. they’re ninja.

  69. History is full of 9,8,7 and 3 fingered people also. Even today…

  70. I won’t say “it its defense” The plane used in the video is a throwback to
    a time of metal scarcity. Japan is, historically, very metal-poor. A lot of
    traditional designs arise, at least in part, from that. Sure, a broad
    bladed plane as used in the west is easier to use, but a small, triangular
    plane requires significantly less of a hard to acquire resource. You can
    make a handful of Japanese planes for the same amount of material and
    outfit a team of carpenters.

  71. *stone age.

  72. Olin Seats true except they weren’t metal.

  73. +Olin Seats a point, but the plane doesn’t need to have the same amount of
    steel that ones today to. I can imagine something like a spoke shave that
    uses a wooden block as a guide instead of metal. That small thin blade
    might be able to be pretty small and thin at that point. Heck a slightly
    modified spoke shave might be a super versatile tool that could to the job
    of both.

  74. I was wondering that too. Have the Japanese not had the concept of
    steel-toe boots dawn on them yet?

  75. hahahahah that guy still have all fingers… it’s just amazing, ain’t it?

  76. That last tool, the ax, is know as a Hewing Ax. Ubiquitous here, in the US,
    until the advent, of the band saw. Check out any pre 1840’s barn, and you
    will see identical marks. If the beams were meant to be exposed, then the
    squared log was further smoothed with adz, followed by a plane.

  77. +DJRoksor
    Wrong. The title is “3 hand Tools ONLY Japanese…”.
    So don’t try the apologetic approach, making it look like there is room for
    interpretation. This is weeaboo fantasies, trying to make their chosen
    country look like magical super-land, nothing else.

  78. Donnybrook10 no one ever said they were special. re-read the title and
    learn to not be so cynical.

  79. 738polarbear the title does not say unique

  80. 738polarbear the title does not say unique

  81. #1: the title I see is “3 Ancient Hand Tools Japanese Carpenters Still
    Use.” So, I guess he must have changed it.
    #2: Stankoff isn’t Japanese, it’s a Russian company selling woodworking
    equipment. If they make their vid-titles more interesting then they really
    are, it’s primarily, I believe, to get more interest into woodworking and
    to make more money from their vids by ad-revenue.

  82. +DJRoksor
    #1 No kidding. I wonder why that could be 😀

  83. Zooboo McHeingher you

  84. Quantum Uncertainty Workshop

    yea, i know we still have a handful but no where near what we should. they
    dropped the tariffs on imports so low that american made was no longer the
    cheaper option. imports are supposed to be a luxury!

  85. +Quantum Uncertainty Workshop I have a machine shop just down the road that
    does good work for me all the time. They could make something from hardened
    steel maybe but our local blacksmith doesn’t know more than how to make a
    horseshoe.

  86. Quantum Uncertainty Workshop

    ah, yea probably better to go with machine shop then. would most likely
    have to find a “tool smith” rather than a blacksmith.

  87. those axes are super valuable though, the steel cap would wreak the edge I
    think. 😉

  88. I have two planes my great X 5 grandfather brought with him from England
    when he moved to New Zealand 125 years ago. the only metal in them is the
    blade, every other piece is oak. One is still in working condition too, I
    have carefully and gently used it to finish a wood book case I made a
    friend for a wedding present.

  89. well, the Language in question is the one that spoken by his fore-fathers’
    masters, you know. 🙂

  90. ONLY the Japanese have .NOT TRUE.

  91. Probably so…the axe is more valuable than the toes, I guess…

  92. “3 Ancient Hand Tools Japanese Carpenters Still Use”

    Fucking dumbasses

  93. +Steve from Texas
    103 million Japanese times 10 toes equals 1030 million toes, bet they
    wouldn’t have an hundred thousandth as many axes . . . simple law of supply
    and demand, right?

  94. vikings never landed in japan.
    also look at the bow and arrow., axe and spear.. there is this thing that
    humans do , its called thinking and inventing. people who have never had
    contact with each other all developed bow and arrow and spear .to hunt and
    axe to cut firewood and build shelter from these they later developed many
    more tools .
    some designs are just so logical people come up with them all on their own
    with out outside influence

  95. you seem to know very little about traditional japanese woodworking and its
    ties to the old spirit religion in japan. they thrive on imperfections .
    its considered to be natural beauty. they also admire the aging process for
    the same reason. because it produces natural accuring imperfections . old
    house builders in japan used a full three with all its imperfections to
    build a home . they used the main body as main support beam . and its
    branches and twigs for everything el;se including door arch ways and
    everything .

  96. Quantum Uncertainty Workshop

    well, that was part of my argument… although… ideas travel and spread
    as merchants and wanderers move about and encounter other tribes and
    peoples. all it takes was 1 person from japan to go to china on a boat with
    a bow 1 million years ago, slowly but surly as people spread out and moved
    around they ran into others and shared those ideas and technology through
    trades and that’s more likely how it all ended up all over… stone age
    tools however would be more likely to be a “duh” invention… need
    something to cut with? “this rock has a sharp edge because i just cut
    myself scraping past it…” kind of those “aha” moments. not saying that’s
    how the bow spread but certainly how other technology did. the addition of
    a handle on some tools to evolve them and just cultural use and preference
    is what kept or changed some other tools.

  97. The second one is a leaf plane

  98. +Fredcraftness
    doesn’t fukin matter how you call it. its a sharp blade, drawn across a
    piece of hard material in order to scrape off material. And that’s the
    definition of a DRAWING KNIFE.

  99. +Николай Владимир well maybe that’s because you don’t know how to use it.
    You can see how he places his feet and how all the swings he makes are
    similar. You’d likely fall off the log. They aren’t easy to stay on when
    you are swinging an axe.

  100. Николай Владимир

    +Goat yes, and you seem like an avid wood worker too. He isn’t a robot, so
    he is very cabable of hitting himself.

  101. Could be hit by a meteorite. Could die to-morrow Could, lots of things.
    don’t be so bloody anal, about stuff that is no concern of yours at all. He
    could chop his foot off, and stuff it up your arse, then you have a reason
    to complain. Until then…..

  102. Николай Владимир

    aubreyaub im not being a bloody anal, but reading your reply might have
    given me brain damage

  103. Yeah, sorry ’bout that, someone must have done the same to me.
    Peace, Hey.

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