In early April, I took a trip to the headquarters of Starrett to learn more about the company that makes some of the best layout tools a woodworker can hope to own. Starrett also designs and manufacturers many other tools for different industries, and operates factories and distribution centers all over the world. But woodworkers are probably most familiar with Starrett straightedges, squares, calipers, micrometers and other layout tools.
One of the first things you learn about woodworking is that many tools aren’t that useful by themselves. To get the most from a tool, you need to amplify its capabilities with different jigs and accessories. That’s why a router needs an edge guide and a tablesaw needs a dado cutter and a tenoning jig.
“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.