An outdoor bench that’s a gateway to indoor projectsThis Japanese carpenter makes me want to subscribe to FHB
If your urge to nest, like mine, doesn’t need help kicking into high gear, this video may be a liability. It may cause you, like me, to trip into a rabbit hole of watching more of the channel’s videos to discover ways to improve your home. And if you don’t own a home, as I don’t, that trip could hurt a little. But, I suspect you’ll find the host, Shoyan, to be charming and clever and with the coolest tools, more than offsetting the pain. That’s why I keep tuning in, after all.
I’m in love with the way Shoyan, a carpenter, works: efficient where the results are hidden, and meticulous where they’re visible. Then there are the tools. He’s a maestro with a circular saw, has a cute benchtop mortiser, and owns a four-bladed saw that cuts tenon cheeks and shoulders with one movement. It’s overkill for 99% of people, but Shoyan lets me relish in my kind of 1% a little bit.
Amid all his home-building mastery and ad hoc (but still lovely) furniture, Shoyan will hit you with a grin out of sheepishness or pride, reminding you he’s one of us—sometimes. He has a really pleasant relationship with the cameraman too. You know how people talk about The Great British Bake Off being pleasant to watch? That’s how I feel about Shoyan Japanese Carpenter.
So watch this video and tell me what you do next. The video has enough furniture-scale work that it’s great by itself. For the seat specifically, I love how he rigs up a temporary assembly to keep parts aligned, and how he racks the seat square before finishing its assembly. The dude’s obviously problem-solved for decades. In fact, I suspect there’s enough good stuff that you’ll trip right onto Shoyan’s subscribe button and wondering how you can apply your furniture knowledge to your home. That’s what I did, and I’m still grinning about it.