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I confess this gift guide is a little self-serving. Back in October I marveled at the beauty of woodworker Len Cullum’s workshop of Japanese tools in this blog post. I’ve long been fascinated by the simple elegance of Japanese joinery. Of course there’s nothing simple about it. It’s a craft that takes a lifetime to master. Anyway, thinking I wanted to learn Japanese woodworking I asked Len what tools he would recommend for someone starting out. That way if someone wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas (ahem!) I could point them to his list. Of course I’m hoping other people will find it of use, too. What follows is what he came up with. And be sure to check out Len’s web site. Thanks, Len.