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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.

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Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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