Old fashioned techniques used in the production of Japanese wooden clogs.
"Miss Japan's clogs are made from Kiri-wood, well-seasoned." M/S of large piles of wood. Two Japanese men walk through the piles of wood towards the camera. Closer shot of one of the piles. Man sits on the ground and examines a piece of wood. C/U of him pointing out the cutting marks in the wood.
"The sawyer's workshop is the open air - and feet form a vice - " Man sitting on the ground holds the wood with his feet and saws through it - no need for a Black and Decker workmate here! Watch your toes! (The man has bare feet). "This fellow's been at it for thirty years, and never lost a toe!" C/U of him sawing crossways through the wood.
"Chisels and planes complete the saw's job - " C/Us of parts of the wood being chopped out and planed. "Brace and bit have taken their place in a process 5,000 years old." A small hand drill is used on the clogs. "Leather binders, now." A small wooden mallet is used, leather straps are thread through the holes in the wood. "And Miss Japan's walking-out shoes are in order - " Young child walks away from the camera in her wooden flip-flops.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 563.