There is nothing quite so satisfying as manipulating materials using hand tools. There's a level of connection with the work, and human finesse, that you just can't get using things that plug into the wall.
Just what the heck is this thing? Tool correspondent David Frane came across this cast-iron bamboo-splitting tool from Japan. Click the link to see how it works.
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We spotted this crazy-looking Chinese foot-powered lathe with a centuries-old design. This is another one where you've got to click the linke and check out the video. It's like a cross between a lathe and an elliptical machine!
Most of us learned to use power tools at ID school, but design schools seem to place little emphasis on hand tools these days. Some of you may have no experience with them at all. In order to fill that gap, this year we brought on two experts in their use. Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools shares his weekly thoughts in his "Tools & Craft" section, while Shannon Rogers, founder of the Hand Tool School, now has a Core77 series that we've cleverly named "Hand Tool School." Check 'em both out!