Saturday, 2 February 2008
The ways of the chisel
The following 4 images illustrate a small range of the different possibilities in the way you can use a chisel and hammer. They were all produced using only a small "v" shaped chisel, a flat, mortice chisel shaped one and a little hammer. In the image above you can see a couple of them, there are some other essential tools here too but I'll get to them some other time. Incidentally, we call these chisels tagane, in Japanese. If they are cutting chisels they are referred to as kiri-tagane ( kiri- to cut ) and if punches, which don't remove metal, giri-tagane ( giri- to kick ).