The Care & Use of Japanese Woodworking Tools by Mesirow & Herman - Stone Bridge Press
Japanese tools are manufactured to perform at the high level top craftspeople demand, but they work differently from Western tools—saws cut on the pull, not the push—and need to be properly...
Since this book was first published in 1975, it has become a classic much in demand by crafters and builders. Advanced woodworkers will find it a helpful guide to making a transition to Japanese tools, while beginners are encouraged to use the simple, illustrated text to understand the basics of how and why each tool is used.
Kip Mesirow cofounded the Japan Woodworker in Berkeley in 1971, and later Hida Japanese Tool Company. He has been to Japan numerous times and studied joinery with Makoto Imai, the highly regarded teahouse builder. His projects include buildings at the San Francisco Zen Center. He now manufactures custom copper lights and other architectural fixtures in Vermont.
Ron Herman, a landscape architect specializing in residential and estate gardens, has long had an interest in Japanese tools. After receiving a degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley, he studied the history of Japanese gardens at Kyoto University. He has lectured widely on Japanese landscapes and has taught at UC Berkeley in the departments of architecture and landscape architecture. With an office in San Leandro, California, he has produced numerous public and private gardens and has been extensively published.