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The Japanese term “Kezurou Kai” translates as “shaving group.” But that definition hardly does justice to the Japanese woodworking exposition I recently attended. In its country of origin, Kezurou Kai is a centuries-old tradition that encourages participants to refine their hand tool techniques to unbelievable levels. Taking place over multiple days, the event always culminates with a friendly competition to see who can plane the thinnest continuous shaving from a long board.

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Master craftsman, Gary Rogowski, has penned an inspiring book on achieving mastery. Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction teaches that it's okay to make mistakes. In fact, it's the best way to learn.

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Brooklyn, NY isn’t where you’d expect to find a major lumber mill, chock full of giant logs and heavy equipment, including a saw capable of cutting logs nearly eight feet in diameter.

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In Nick Offerman’s new book, we learn to have some good clean fun in the shop.


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Here is an exclusive look at some new products from the floor of the Woodcraft Vendor Trade show. Typically closed to the public, the trade show offers companies the chance to interact with store owners and collaborate on the development of new & better products. Here are just a few new products coming later this year. Stay tuned for more news. 

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The Woodcraft Magazine crew tops off a day of issue planning with some blistering competition at the putt-putt course.

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“Kez” is a shortened form of a Japanese word for gathering, and I recently had the good fortune to attend the fourth annual NYC KEZ. As he has in the previous three years, Yann Giguere provided the venue for the event –his Mokuchi workshop and studio in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. Yann also served as a demonstrator and master of ceremonies, presiding over an inspiring celebration of traditional Japanese woodworking.

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Hardware is supremely important to woodworkers, whether you’re talking about hinges, knobs, drawer slides, or latches, to name just a few categories. Some hardware is meant to be seen, showing off the sheen of polished brass or the intricate contours of a decorative casting, for example. But right now, I’m more interested in hidden hardware –the well-designed devices that stay out of sight most of the time. European-style cup hinges are probably the best known of these hidden heroes.


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