Mr. Tanaka uses a Japanese handsaw to slice one of the triangle’s stalks. “Preparing the more traditional patterns is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle,” Cohen explains. “Craftsmen are beginning to use more modern tools like circle saws because you can make a few pieces at the same time. But because our angles were so complicated, Mr. Tanaka had to do everything by hand.”
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Mr. Tanaka uses a Japanese handsaw to slice one of the triangle’s stalks. “Preparing the more traditional patterns is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle,” Cohen explains. “Craftsmen are beginning to use more modern tools like circle saws because you can make a few pieces at the same time. But because our angles were so complicated, Mr. Tanaka had to do everything by hand.”