tools…beyond price

2013-01-21 14.29.29
The risers for our new stair:
scantlings:  15– 3/4″ x 7,3/8″ x 37″
materials:  3–1x8x16′ + 1–1x4x16′ C-grade yellow pine, jointed, ripped, joined, glued, ripped (a nominal 1×8 is 7,1/4″ at best, by the time it’s jointed may be only 7″; I need 7,3/8″)
Hand-planing takes about 30 minutes per board, including keeping 4 planes sharp with waterstones.  This will produce two large grocery bags of shavings, enough to kindle fires for the rest of the winter.  For me, this is practical and efficient.  For anyone else, it is just as likely to be unbelievably tedious and frustrating.
“No tools will make a man a skilled workman who has not learned how to use them, 
and has never bestowed any attention on them.  
The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.”  
The Republic, Book II

About michaellangford2012

Timber framer, boatbuilder, dreamer, writer, musician; collector of books, tools, aphorisms. "There is nothing, absolutely nothing…half so much worth doing…as simply messing about in boats."
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2 Responses to tools…beyond price

  1. Hi Michael on this side.
    Writing about yari kana and sumitsubo I just have to follow along.
    In an old tansu, right out of Japan, I once found a sack with various things inside including two unopened boxes of ink pot silk and a plastic bag with red ink pot pigment.



    • You’re right, you know, I should call them by their proper names. The yari kana is amazing, I don’t think there’s a direct Western counterpart, unless it’s the palstave, which is bronze age, and probably more like a slick.

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