3rd annual NYC KEZ

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Internet Producer’s Be aware: This can be a repost from
Brian Holcombe’s blog
. Jon Binzen and I each tried, and
did not make it to this 12 months’s KEZ.  I used to be delighted to
see this submit on Brian’s weblog, which I think about probably the greatest
woodworking blogs on the market. Brian graciously allow us to repost
it. The improbable photographs had been taken by Hudson Valley area
photographer Richard A. Smith
.  – Ben Strano

This 12 months’s third annual NYC KEZ was on Saturday Aug
27th, hosted by Mokuchi in Brooklyn, NY. Kezurou-kai Mini,
or NYC KEZ for brief, is a gathering during which craftsmen and
lovers come collectively to have a good time Japanese type
woodworking. On the coronary heart of this celebration is a planing
contest during which the problem is to supply the thinnest
shaving potential from the complete size and width of a beam.

The attractive images for this submit was supplied by Richard
A. Smith. Richard is an expert photographer, positioned in
the Hudson Valley, with a dedication to his craft that reveals
by in his spectacular pictures. I’ve added a hyperlink to
Richard’s web site on the finish of this submit.

To officiate the opening of Kez, Yann Giguère, our gracious
host and proprietor of Mokuchi Studio, introduced the gang collectively to
clarify how the day’s occasions would unfold. Yann defined to
his viewers that the occasion would show lots of the steps
taken to deliver wooden from the go online by to a completed
materials. The primary occasion, a log splitting, proceeded proper
after his introduction.


The splitting of a big pine log started with Jim Blauvelt
driving a splitting maul held by Andrew Hunter into the log
utilizing a commander mallet. To proceed the break up wood wedges
are pushed into the log alongside the marked ink line.




Because the break up makes its means down the log a sequence of wedges are
pushed into the aspect of the log directing the break up. The wedges
are elevated in dimension after which doubled up till the log yields
to the strain and turns into two halves.



As soon as the log splits in half, these halves are break up as soon as extra
into quarters. The quarters are then riven down into smaller
items that are sized to be used.

Subsequent, Yann demonstrated hewing with Japanese broad axe and
adze, often called the ono and chona respectively. After the bark
on this log was eliminated, heavy ink traces had been utilized after which
materials was cleaved roughly to these traces with the ono.


The observe as much as this work, which is finished to create a extra
correct floor, was carried out with the chona (Japanese adze).
The chona is used to clean out the side created with the
broad axe. This process is repeated on both sides of the log
and a sq. beam is created. The chona can be utilized to create a
closely textured floor end.


The final course of proven in working logs into tough lumber was
carried out with a noticed. The noticed, often called the maebiki nokogiri,
was used to mill the fragrant cedar log into skinny boards. The
maebiki is taken into account a one-man sawmill and was used generally
in Japan till the early a part of the 20th century.


I couldn’t resist attempting my hand on the maebiki. The maebiki is
a heavy noticed however works easily and simply.


After a board is milled or riven it may be additional refined with
a airplane. Previous to the kanna (Japanese hand airplane) of as we speak
boards tough hewn by the adze had been smoothed with yariganna. The
yariganna is a spear formed airplane utilized in a rowing movement. As soon as
used to refine a floor, as we speak they’re used to use a novel
texture to a board.

Jay Speetjens displayed the yariganna at his Two Pines Buying and selling
co stand, whereas encouraging curious on-lookers to provide the
airplane a attempt. I joined in and located it to be an enchanting software
to make use of, surprisingly simple to get a deal with on.



Shibui introduced out vintage Japanese instruments on the market, his space
was stuffed with uncommon and unusual kanna, lovely sumitsubo
(Japanese ink line/pot) and extra.


Lots of the opponents, who had traveled from so far as
Missouri and Canada, arrived the day previous to take part in
Intermediate and Superior Kanna tuning lessons held by Mokuchi
and taught by Yann Giguère and Jim Blauvelt respectively.

Many people began tuning through the lessons and had been tuning
all the way in which on by the tip of the night with Yann and Jim
offering insights and commentary on how you can make enhancements.
The data sharing was spectacular and accomplished in a dynamic
style, with a pin-point drawback fixing method that was
extremely efficient at bettering outcomes.

Within the background of all of those festivities the opponents
continued sharpening away, readying their blades and
repeatedly tuning their dai.



Many opponents had been utilizing Japanese pure end stones as
the ultimate step in refining their edges. I used to be amazed at how
typically a stone was provided up for a trial, a proposal I couldn’t
resist in any case.


Rivals introduced out instruments along with what they might
have to compete, akin to Mike Cundall’s Tasai Ookanna.


Within the early afternoon Jim Blauvelt known as the eye of the
crowd for a chat on blacksmithing. Jim, proprietor of Bluewater
Forge and winner of Kez 2015, supplied insights from his
expertise each making instruments and knives as a blacksmith and
utilizing them as a joiner. Jim handed round examples of software
metal, warmth handled then snapped to show the grain construction
at numerous states.


Subsequent started the primary occasion, a planing competitors. Yann first
defined that the very best shaving could be judged not solely by how
skinny it was, however by the standard in whole. He additional defined
that the shaving should be the complete size and width of the beam
and likewise should be unbroken. Given two equivalent thickness
shavings the one with a greater look would have benefit.
To drag such skinny shavings the wooden required should be extremely
finely grained, the wooden was supplied by Mokuchi and it’s
temple grade Alaskan Yellow Cedar.

Jim Blauvelt judged the competition and the primary contestant was
Jay Christian. Jay began issues off with a good looking and
extremely skinny shaving.


Every contestant was given the choice of getting the board
resurfaced with the official ‘zamboni airplane’. Andrew Hunter
adopted along with his personal see-through cedar shaving.


Adopted by Jay Speetjens.


Phillip Fuentes was subsequent to compete.


Jon Billings stepped as much as the beam subsequent and lower an eight micron


He was adopted by Jude Noteboom who produced a virtually
equivalent shaving.


Subsequent to point out his expertise for tuning, Wilbur Pan.


Joe Locke adopted with a really nice shaving.


Subsequent to make a lap was Mike Cundall.

Courtesy of Jude Noteboom

I occurred to be the ultimate competitor. I recall some nervous
appears from Jon and Jude however my shavings weren’t fairly skinny


Yann and Jim judged the shavings after which known as out the
winner, Jon Billings, who took first place with a fantastically
lower eight micron shaving. Jon took house a Japanese pure
sharpening stone, the primary prize, which was sponsored by


Jude Noteboom took second place with an equally skinny shaving
however with one minor flaw. Second prize was a home made kiridashi
within the form of a fish. Second prize was sponsored by Walter


A beautiful time was had by all at Yann’s oasis of Japanese
carpentry in Brooklyn, NY. The occasion captured the true spirit
of camaraderie and sharing that prevails in those who follow
the artwork and lots of, together with myself, are already trying ahead
to subsequent 12 months. I hope that you simply’ve loved this submit and I look
ahead to your feedback.

Mokuchi Woodworking

Richard A Smith

Blauvelt’s Bluefield Joiners

Jay Speetjen’s Two Pines
Trading Co.

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