They then plunged into working with the tools. In the true Japanese style Dale does not advocate using vises or clamps. You use your body or a simple stop to hold the wood in place. This allows you to sense immediately how the wood is reacting to the tool and then adjust how you are cutting.
It was Dale's style of using a Japanese handsaw that set me thinking - he uses it vertically - pulling downwards or upwards (look through the slideshow to see some examples). Also when making the long cuts for the tenon cheeks he flips the wood over every 10 strokes or so - made much simpler by not using a vise or clamp. The other technique that he really impressed on me is how lightly he holds the saw - there's just enough pressure to stop it slipping out of his hand. (Reminded me of being coached on holding a squash racquet).
We look forward to having Dale back at the school next year.
(Click through on the link in the slideshow to download the images)
Here are a couple of very short videos showing Dale planing a beam:
For the students on the class here's a scan of the sketch of the saw horse