I've recently embarked on a project that will mean I will probably do a lot of woodwork for the rest of my life :)
My Japanese wife & I spent 3 years looking for a traditional Japanese farmhouse and last month completed the purchase:
It comes with 3 acres of land, including a lot of Japanese Cedar forest (Amongst some other trees) - much of which I plan to cut down (DIY Kiln) dry and build / restore outbuildings with.
Arnie, an American carpenter friend and his son are doing the interior remodelling, since I can't do that whilst living there with my family, but the rest needs to be done on a budget - over time.
I'm on the lookout for a Logossol M7 (Or M5) - which I can import, together with a suitable chainsaw, to fell & mill my wood before drying & building with it. If anybody has one, let me know - can't afford the cost of a new one right now!
Hoping to learn stuff as I go along. Our carpenter Arnie is excellent and I'm learning from him, but we'll probably work together on the rest of the project over the next few years - There's no substitute for experience!
We'll be rebuilding the barn sometime next year, will be interesting to learn how the Japanese built this without use of nails. There's amazing joinery in this house too.
If any of you looking at our blog can make any good sugestions, I'd be pleased to hear them, either here on on the blog.