A Visit To Takuji Matsuda S Kiribako Shop Part 1
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My friend and neighbor, Takuji Matsuda, is an untraditional traditional Japanese woodworker.He is one of a few remaining makers of a special kind of Japanese box called Kiribako, and perhaps the only North America based maker who is an expert in building dedicated Kiribako for Buddha statues.
While well rooted in the traditions of Japanese woodworking, Mr.Matsuda, a graduate of the sculpture program at Pratt Institute in New York (One of Takuji teachers and mentors at Pratt, was Toshio Odate, the famous woodworker and educator) gladly embraces the advantages of Western style woodworking when appropriate.
For instance, he tells me that since he was introduced to working on workbenches - standing - there is no going back to traditional Japanese ground level work for him.He lamented the years he had to work on the floor and suffer form knee pains and joints stiffness.
Yet he still uses Japanese pull style wooden planes on a jig that he devised which allows him to work on practically any kind of table.(I will show this jig in my next blog entry) His arsenal of hand tools is mostly Japanese chisels, pull saws and wooden planes, but he also owns a small...