Competitive wood planing is jaw-droppingly amazing

By Abraham Piper


At the Planing Competition finals in Uwijima last year, craftsmen equipped with absurdly sharp blades gathered together to see who could plane the thinnest strip of wood. The results are measured in microns — millionths of a meter, thousandths of a millimeter.

For reference, as you watch this video, keep in mind that a human hair is about a hundred microns wide and a red blood cell is just under 10…

(via Kottke)