“Woodworking is one of the oldest arts in the known world today. They’ve been constructing things out of trees for thousands of years now and as time as gone on things have become more advanced. At first, these things were simple things like cups and spears, but as time went on, people began to use wood for more advanced things like beds, bookcases and even entire houses. And since Japanese culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures that the world has ever seen, they have some of the most advanced woodwork as well.
So what tools are typically used in Japanese woodwork? These tools include things like marking knives, hammers, planes, chisels, spoke shaves, scrapers, axes, adzes and spear pines among many other, machine-driven tools. These tools are all known for having extremely sharp edges that make cutting through wood much easier; even the hand saws come in all shapes and sizes so there is always a tool that’s perfect for a typical job. What makes Japanese woodwork even more special is the fact that they have managed to come up with a method of construction that actually hides joints, which gives furniture a truly beautiful look.
In fact, Japanese woodwork has even helped determine how Japanese houses are constructed. Most Japanese woodworking consists of building storage spaces like closets, shelves and other storage alcoves directly into the walls so nothing sticks out; this means that there is very little furniture in a typical Japanese house. However, there are some classes of Japanese furniture that are famous all over the world: the tansu class and the nagamochi classes of furniture. Pieces of furniture that are found in the tansu class of furniture includes pieces like bolted-door chests, chests-on-chests that resemble stairs and other simple chests used for storage. The nagamochi class of furniture, meanwhile, encompasses things like box-like pieces made in a huge variety of spaces and trunks. There are other types of Japanese woodwork furniture that is constructed with purely ceremonial purposes; for instance, shelves with doors are made for displaying scrolls or for things like tea ceremonies.
An important aspect of Japanese woodwork, however, is the deep respect that is still afforded to those woodworkers who choose to use their hands to construct this furniture. Those who are masters in Japanese woodwork are afforded a deep respect. Most Japanese woodworkers are perfectionists as well. This is why their furniture is so well-made.”