Spend the morning (successfully!) generating enough Yoseji Zaiku veneer to use on a couple pieces. The set up is straightforward: the pattern block (Tanegi) secured in the vice and a kanna with a freshly sharpened iron. Also a flattening station.
Watching videos of the master Japanese craftsmen doing this, I figured out wetting the Tanegi before planing is crucial. Then in one smooth motion, pull the kanna across the block. And off comes a shaving with the pattern.
The shaving comes off curled so the next step is to carefully uncurl it between blotter paper. I borrowed my wife’s iron to apply heat to flatten out the shaving. Seems there is enough moisture from wetting the surface to steam out the curl. Plus the heat in general.
Spent a couple hours repeating and now I have a nice selection of pieces to do some decorating.
When I get some time and if people want, I’ll put together a video. I bothered to record some raw video.