February 05, 2015


Japanese Tools Australia and Legacy Nautical Boat Builders proudly present the first Japanese Tools Set designed specifically for boat building.

View it in the shop here.

This set contains 19 pieces (tools). Each tool has been carefully selected and successfully tested to maximize the performance, enjoyment and efficiency for building timber boats by a qualified shipwright.


These hand tools provide the foundation for the craftsman to take on timber boat building.

  • Kakuri Universal Saw Set
    • Japanese Red Oak Handle
    • Heavy Duty Canvas Bag
    • 4 Blades
  • 3-piece set of Kakuri Hybrid Chisels
    • 12mm
    • 25mm
    • 32mm
    • Heavy Duty Canvas Chisel Roll
  • Japanese Style Timber mallet
  • Shinto Saw Rasp
  • Japanese Precision Square
  • Nail Puller / Nail Punch
  • Japanese Sliding Bevel
  • 30mm Japanese Smoothing Plane
  • 52 mm Japanese Smoothing Plane
  • 30mm Rebate Plane
  • Heavy Duty Canvas Carry Bag


December 19, 2014


Japanese Tools Australia has now started selling beautiful mokume (tree grain) chisels as a single piece. This is an opportunity to start collecting and more importantly, use these wonderful tools.

There are only 8 chisels left in various sizes and each chisel comes with a leather protective cap. You can now own a master blacksmith’s work without buying the whole set at once.

For over 60 years Master Tasai has been making chisels using the most ancient methods of forging, folding, and hammering by hand which are considered to be the best and most beautiful chisels to come out of Japan. Master Tasai's unique mokume (tree grain) chisels combine absolute beauty with precision and quality that will serve their owner with a lifetime of use and pleasure. Master Tasai uses Yasuki blue steel in the making of his chisels, and a dark Tagayasan handle, which owing to its heavy weight, provides a perfect balance for the forged blade. Master Tasai's folded mokume metal work sets his chisels apart from other makers. His chisels are more than great tools for the craftsman, they are works of art.

December 19, 2014



You will find exciting new tools at the Timber shows next year

Below you will find some pictures from this year’s festival.

 Waterstones at Sanjo City Blacksmith Centre.

Annealing copper bowl at a workshop in Sanjo City.

 Hand beating copper tea-pots and bowls in Sanjo City.

 Hand beaten copper bowls sitting on old timber die.

Experienced blacksmith sharpening plane blades in the Kakuri workshop.

December 19, 2014

Japanese Tools at the Hobart Wooden Boat Festival in February 2015

The bi-annual Hobart Wooden Boat Festival is a ‘must see’ event. It is now considered the largest festival of its kind in the world with over 200,000 visitors and 650 boats at last year’s event.

While I was studying Fine Arts (Furniture Design) at the University of Tasmania, I lived in Hobart for 5 years and I have never seen the city more alive than in February last year when I exhibited the Japanese Tools stand at this Festival.

The next Festival will take place from the 6th till the 8th of February 2015.
See all the events for 2015
December 19, 2014

Recommended Course - by Japanese craftsman Hiroshi Yamaguchi


Early this year, I felt privileged when I attended a woodworking class run by Japanese craftsman Hiroshi Yamaguchi at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Mr. Hiroshi Yamaguchi beautifully described how to use Japanese hand tools and the methodology behind them.

I have been working with Japanese hand tools for many years but I found myself hanging off every word Mr. Yamaguchi had to say. Being able to attend this class is quite a rare opportunity as it allowed me to learn from a true Japanese craftsman outside of Japan, in the English language and also without having to travel too far.

To give you an idea of the amount of detail covered, in class we spent a few hours on how to fit the iron hoop on top of a chisel. This was extremely fascinating.
The first part of the course included learning to set a chisel, fitting the iron hoop, flattening the back and sharpening it. The chisel was then used in class to make a Japanese plane (kanna).

Below you will see photos of the two planes I made and the chisel (nomi) which I used to make the two planes.

The chisel (nomi), which was fitted with the iron hoop, flattened on the back and sharpened before being used in class to make a Japanese plane (kanna).

Two Japanese planes (kanna) made in class. The top kanna is 55 degrees for hardwood made with PNG queen ebony, while the bottom kanna is a 38 degrees for softer woods made from oak.

Plane blade detail - through sole.

Plane blade detail. 

Mr. Yamaguchi also runs a 3 day course. Please check the link below for dates and more details periodically.

Japanese Woodworking class at ANU