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Square (Sashigane) $44

The notoriously difficult to photograph Japanese square is another important element to traditional woodworking. It’s thin flexible blade is the perfect compliment to the sumitsubo and sumisashi. Since they come in inch, millimeter and shaku (traditional Japanese measurement system) be sure to select the one right for you.


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  1. Awesome guide, thanks for posting. I would love to get into joinery. Need to accrue a few things first… :)

  2. I was fortunate to take a Basic Woodworking course with Toshio Odate in NYC at Pratt one year. He embodied the Japanese approach to craft and I have often thought of him when I create and build my works. I am glad to see your collection of books contains several of his works and they continue to be used by current craftsmen today.

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