1. I was reading Charles Hayward, the English woodworker, who preferred started mortises in the middle and then chiseling to the ends. Does your method of starting at the end and working all the way across the mortise make any difference?

  2. Bravo Paul!
    I just had to say so, upon watching your last, single cut for the bevel.
    Your work far from the vise – in mid-air to me – always catches my attention: that I can and should develop such feel.
    Thank you for your teaching.

  3. Any suggestions on where to buy wide shoji paper like the one Paul shows in the intro video? I’ve never seen any other than the common 9 3/4″ (hanshi) and 11″ (mino) rolls with kumiko spacing made to match. Apart from some hand made sheets (still not that large).

  4. Talking to self: it seems there are many suppliers of wide rolls online, though hard to find what type of fiber is in use. Funny that many sites call it rice paper — I had to google to figure out many Westerners associate rice with oriental.

    1. Simon, I think the general idea behind twin tenons relates to the width of a single tenon against the width of what it’s mortised into. A wide tenon would potentially leave the mortise sides weak with a lot of potential leverage from the tenon. Twin tenons adds a bit more strength on the mortise side and gives a couple extra glue surfaces


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