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Japanese Woodworking Introduction$40.00
Japanese Woodworking Introduction
You will gain a broad understanding of how Japanese woodworking distinguishes itself from Western approaches during this two hour talk and demonstration. The session will include an overview of traditional hand tools used in a range of work scale, from making small objects to full size timber frame building. This will be followed by a brief demonstration of the use of all basic tools: nomi (chisel), kanna (plane), nokogiri (saw) and marking tools including sashigane (square) and sumitsubo (ink line).
Everyone will be invited to pull a Japanese plane and make a thin wood shaving! A short history will be given along with key design element and aesthetic preferences. Lastly, of course, joinery will be discussed with samples to handle.$40.00
In this two day class, you will learn how to make a shoji (paper backed sliding screen) that is a classic functional and decorative detail in Japanese design. To accommodate apartment living and as a learning project, each participant will make a moderate size shoji, around 24”x24”. All of the same methods used in full size shojis, 36”x72”, will be used in the smaller version. We will also cover design considerations, choice of wood and paper and joinery.$310.00
Japanese Joinery – Advanced Mortise & Tenon$155.00
Japanese Joinery – Advanced Mortise & Tenon
In this one day class builds on the foundation of the mortise and tenon class. We will dive into more involved variations. Namely wedged, tusked, fox with focus on the square pegged. The day will be filled with demonstrations, discussion of proportions, subtleties and applications while leaving ample time for hands-on practice!
You will gain an understanding of various more complex mortise and tenon joints.$155.00
Japanese Joinery – Secret Mitered Dovetails$155.00
Japanese Joinery – Secret Mitered Dovetails
This class is offered as an exercise in elegance. Once assembled these dovetails go unseen. They are a rarity since other methods to join corners with miters mostly use routers. These “secret”, blind to the untrained eye, dovetails are an elegant demonstration of craftsmanship.$155.00
Sharpening with Japanese Waterstone$60.00
Sharpening with Japanese Waterstone
Waterstones enable you to get the sharpest edge in an efficient and clean manner. No messy oil or grinding down your tools! In this one evening session, students will learn to sharpen woodworking chisels and plane blades, as well as pocket knifes and kitchen knifes using Japanese water stones. Tool sharpening with waterstones is a fundamental part of Japanese woodworking. It is also a very useful skill if you’re maintaining any tools that benefit from the sharpest of edges. Chefs interested in the skill for knives are very welcome in this class!
Care and maintenance of sharpening stones will also be covered. Discussion will also address the differences between grits, the optimal grit sequence to get the sharpness needed for your task, and how to maintain a flat sharpening surface on your waterstone. A sharp tool is a safe tool.
This class or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for all other classes, except for Japanese Woodworking Introduction$60.00
Dovetails with Japanese Tools$155.00
Dovetails with Japanese Tools
This corner stone joint of western woodwork has also been used in the Japanese tradition for a long time.
Class we will cover: sizing, proportioning, choice of angle, layout and cutting as well as where to use dovetails.
You will see examples of full, half blind and blind dovetails.
There will be a full cutting and assembly demonstration as well as ample time set aside for you to integrate all this knowledge by cutting your own dovetails!$155.00
A well tuned Japanese plane can produce gauze thin shavings. The highest quality for finishing will leave your wood surface silky smooth. This requires skill and knowledge. This is class is about achieving the glassy smooth finish possible with Japanese finishing planes! During the weekend you will start with a new 60mm Japanese smoothing plane. This is a versatile size plane (kanna) and is well suited for those new to finishing work with Japanese planes. You’ll tune and sharpen the blade, fit it to a Japanese white oak block, and start making shavings.
Yann will cover sharpening, tapping out a blade, correcting blade shape and bevel angle, and fitting the blade to the block. Of the three main Japanese tools – plane, saw, and chisel, the Japanese kanna is the most difficult to gain a working knowledge. With Yann’s guidance and a dedicated weekend of work, you’ll receive the basics of Japanese plane usage and a great foundation of skills.
Advanced classes will require experience planing parts. This course a great way to acquire those skills and a good quality plane to advance your hand tool woodworking, regardless of if you choose to adopt the range of Japanese hand tools.$310.00
Japanese Block Plane and Chisel Set-Up & Use$310.00
Japanese Block Plane and Chisel Set-Up & Use
This class is an introduction to Japanese woodworking tools. A high quality block plane with a laminated blade and a chisel with a laminated blade are great additions to any woodworkers set of tools. While many “convert” to Japanese tools after using them, this class will provide experience with great tools and new skills regardless how much a student chooses to adopt the Japanese tools. This two day intensive will focus on sharpening and setting up a new Japanese chisel and block plane. It will include:
- Making the subtle adjustments required to fit the plane blade to its wooden dai (block)
- Conditioning the sole of the dai
- Practice using Japanese waterstones specifically with the blades for these tools
- Techniques to flatten the backs of chisel and plane blade
- Preparing and “mushrooming” chisel handles
Students will also receive instruction and have opportunity to practice proper planing technique.$310.00
Japanese Joinery Intensive$940.00
Japanese Joinery Intensive
Five day intensive focused on Japanese joinery!
Japanese joinery is famous for its sophistication. This class will dive deeply into the subtleties of various joints, namely kanawa (scarf), shachi (keyed tenoned scarf) and several kinds of mortises and tenons: pegged, wedged and tusked. The precise execution of joinery requires sharp tools so participants will also learn sharpening with Japanese water stones focused on chisels. Each student will create a “joinery tree”; one could also call it a “joinery sculpture” composed of the numerous joints covered over the week.$940.00
Japanese Joinery – Kanawa Joint
Japanese Joinery – Kanawa Joint
In this one day class you will become familiar with the iconic Kanawa joint.
It is a popular scarf joint in the Japanese tradition and a great addition to your bag of tricks! The day will be spent going over the layout and cutting of this advanced joint.
A few variations will be covered and enough time set aside for you to have a go at cutting your first one!
Japanese Joinery – Mortises & Tenons
Japanese Joinery – Mortises & Tenons
In this one day class we will explore the many variations of the most fundamental woodworking joint, the mortise and tenon!
Such variations will be: blind, through, wedged, pinned, tusked and the fox.
The day will be filled with demonstrations, discussion of proportions along with applications and of course a lot of hands on practice!
The practice time will focus on the through mortise and tenon. You will take away a firm grasp of this most central joint.
Japanese Joinery – Shachi Joint$155.00
Japanese Joinery – Shachi Joint
When one thinks of the intricacy of Japanese joinery the Shachi tsugi, partially housed long keyed tenon or spline joint, comes to mind. The English translation even sounds complicated.
The goal of this class is to make this commonly used joint (in Japan), accessible to woodworkers here.
Class we will cover: sizing, proportioning, layout and cutting as well as applications where this joint is useful.
Following demonstrations there will be time for you to have a go at cutting your first one!$155.00
Japanese Plane Making$310.00
Japanese Plane Making
Make your own Japanese Kanna! The Kanna, or Japanese plane, is a cornerstone of Japanese woodworking. Skilled use of a precisely set Kanna enables woodworkers to create the distinct and elegant glass-smooth surface that is a signature characteristic Japanese woodworking.
Each participant will make their own Dai (plane body). During the class participants learn about the different bedding angles for the Kanna blade, the optimal wood grain orientation for the Dai and how to set up your plane with and without a chip breaker.$310.00
Japanese Plane: Shaping Wood$60.00
Japanese Plane: Shaping Wood
You sharpened and set up a Kanna (Japanese plane)! You made a pile of beautiful shavings! You resharpened a few times, made more shavings and now your plane needs some adjustment. Or, you want to expand your skills. This half day class focuses on the use and tweaking of the Kanna.
You will learn how to create a flat surface, how to square an edge, how to position your body and move while planing. You will also get plenty of time to practice and ask questions.$60.00
Japanese Saws: Use & Care$60.00
Japanese Saws: Use & Care
Using a saw on a pull stroke can be awkward at first. With a little practice and guidance it becomes second nature. In this half day class we will get acquainted and make friends with the Japaneses saws. A brief overview of saws will be followed by demonstration of cross and rip cutting. Optimum body positioning and angles of cut will be discussed. You will get plenty of time to practice what was covered using your saw and ask questions to fine tune your technique.
This class is recommended before taking any of the joinery classes.$60.00