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Paul Discoe, Joinery Structures, Oakland, Calif. Paul Discoe, Joinery Structures, Oakland, Calif.

How well you sharpen a Japanese planer blade with your whetstone depends on how you hold your mouth. So goes the legend–and Paul Discoe, who has delicately hand-sharpened many a blade in his Japanese timber-framing shop, has found it to be true. He's still using a set of tools he brought back from Japan, where he studied Buddhist temple design and construction from 1970 to 1975, and he's still applying the techniques he learned there to design and build custom timber-frame homes, workspaces, and temples. Read more

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0506-ToolHounds: Paul Discoe, Joinery Structures, Oakland, Calif. 0506-ToolHounds: Paul Discoe, Joinery Structures, Oakland, Calif.

How well you sharpen a Japanese planer blade with your whetstone depends on how you hold your mouth. So goes the legend-and Paul Discoe, who has delicately hand-sharpened many a blade in his Japanese timber-framing shop, has found it to be true. He's still using a set of tools he brought back from Japan, where he studied Buddhist temple design and construction from 1970 to 1975, and he's still applying the techniques he learned there to design and build custom timber-frame homes, workspaces, and temples. Read more

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