I seem to remember a while back, saying that I was going to be posting more photos? More pictures, less talk? Friends and family have been clamoring for some pics, so.....
Updates, from a while back.
Clearing slash piles, turn this into....
This. Piles of brush. Messy, messy.
What I really really really want to be doing is to be forging some tools, banging hot metal. My intent is to be converting these piles of brush into charcoal, but that's still a little ways off.
Some (other people's) pictures that give me strength through this slow period of getting my ducks in a row.
I sincerely apologize for not properly attributing these photo credits. These were found on great blogs that I've already shared, or will share, I'm just a bit scrambled right now,ha ha.
This would be my goal.
I found a schematic, drawn by our metate /hero ChoMasaru /Nagatsu-san.
OK, here is a mystery tool that I keep seeing in my Japanese saw sharpening research.
This seems to be a scraper, slightly similar to a sen, but I'm not sure really. Initially I thought that it was for knocking off the tiny burrs that are left after filing the teeth, post sharpening but.....
It looks to be softly rounded in shape, so it seems unlikely to be a cutting tool, more something for burnishing the steel blade. It could be for burr removal I suppose.
Anyways, what I HAVE been doing is buying junk lumber at the junkyard....
Of course it's buried under about 8 layers of paint.
Planing it clean....
And making some shelves.
All under the watchful gaze of our friend the native Hawaiian hawk.
Far from timid, one day he actually flew down, landed on our coffee pot and scorched his toes. At least he doesn't hold a grudge.
Hawaii is such a friendly place.