NY KEZ 2019

MOKUCHI is proud to present the 6th annual NY KEZ with the support of Dain’s Lumber

Kezurou Kai are gatherings for Japanese woodworking enthusiasts to share their knowledge & excitement for the tools & techniques. Mokuchi is thrilled to bring together the community for the 6th annual NY KEZ on the East Coast. The overall event includes several specialized workshops and forums that culminate in the main event – Kezurou Kai.

Saturday’s Woodworker Clinics and Sunday’s main Kezurou Kai event will be hosted at Dain’s Lumber in Peekskill, NY. We’re thrilled to be working with a Hudson River institution – family run since 1848. And, just a 3 minute walk from the Peekskill MetroNorth station.

Event Information

Event Information

Check out Karl Bareis’ presentation on Japanese Architecture from NY KEZ 2018 along with other presentations & videos at Mokuchi’s YouTube channel

Week long of activities leading up to NY KEZ 2019!


September 8th – 12th
Sun – Thurs, 9am – 5pm
Mokuchi Studio – Port Jervis

Multi-day workshop to build and assemble a Japanese timber frame structure.

Workshop will assemble the structure to be showcased at NY KEZ 2019.

More details/registration

Woodworker Clinics

September 14th
Saturday, 1pm- 6pm
Dain’s Lumber, Peekskill

Smaller workshops & discussions for woodworkers to fine tune their skills with topic experts.

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Kezurou-Kai 2019

September 15th
Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Dain’s Lumber, Peekskill

A fun day filled with demonstrations, knowledge sharing, and excitement about working with the Japanese tools. No experience required, just curiosity! 

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Woodworker Clinics - September 14th

Saturday’s Woodworker Clinics are an opportunity for woodworkers to fine tune their skills with topic experts through smaller workshops, presentations specific to woodworking, and demonstrations of specialized techniques. 

$75/person – REGISTER HERE

September 14th
Saturday 1-6pm
Dain’s Lumber in Peekskill, NY

Bring your tools!
Pizza & Beer (& Soda) Social to follow. Not included w/ ticket.

Saturday Schedule of Events 


Chasing Infinity: Next Level Plane Tuning – Andrew Hunter

Architectural Joinery & Structure Raising – Yann Giguere

 – Will include raising the Timber Frame cut during Mokuchi’s Workshop.


Dai/Plane Making – Joshua Villega

Doing it FOR REAL: Making a living using Japanese hand tools – John Reed Fox

NY KEZ 2019 - Sunday, September 15th



Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Dain’s Lumber – Peekskill

Bring your tools!

Food Truck will be on site & other food options nearby.


Sunday, September 15th Schedule of Events 


  • Log splitting with wood wedges – Group effort! Get involved!
  • Axe (Masakari) Hewing
  • Adze (Chona) Hewing
  • Large Ripping Saw (Maebiki)
  • Wide Plane (Oganna)
  • Tool Forge Welding Process by Jim Blauvelt with Phillip Fuentes

Tool Stations


  • Travel Reflections: Kurume Kezurou Kai & future of woodworking in Japan – Andrew Hunter  
  • Traditional Japanese Furniture Making Techniques & Principles for the Modern MakerJoshua Villegas
  • Career Retrospective & Approach to the Design Process – John Reed Fox 

Planing Competition!  Compete to create the thinnest, full width and length shaving—and win a prize. Prep all day with competition at 3:30-4:30

Vendors & NY KEZ Tool Swap will be ongoing throughout the day 

Planing Competition

Winning plane shaving is the best combination of thinnest, full width and full length (no tears/least holes!)

Each competitor will be provided:

  • Premium Alaskan Yellow Cedar (clear and tight grain) for warm up & the final competition shaving
  • Use of a traditional planing bench for a minimum of two hours to warm up & access to a sharpening station with water and tubs (10am-3:45pm)


A Tenkei Nihonji Sansui finishing plane by Funahiro. Funahiro is regarded as one of the best blacksmith of modern era. Tenkei is one of his most popular planes. It has special blue steel made from Swedish ore that has less additives making it rather close to white steel; giving it the best of both worlds for optimal cutting. The beautiful wood grain-like pattern is made through a process of stretching and folding in antique iron nails salvaged from Japanese temples. 
Maker: Funahiro
Plane: Tenkei Nihonji Sansui 48mm 
Steel: Blue / White Hybrid 
Value:  $600

Beautiful and functional maebiki with hand hammered detail. This large hand saw is for resawing logs or timbers into boards or smaller components.

Blade Length: 21″ 
Value:  $275

Vendors & NY KEZ Tool Swap

Yann Giguere
Brooklyn, NY



In addition to custom woodwork in the Japanese tradition and teaching Japanese woodworking, Mokuchi is a retailer of Japanese woodworking tools.  Recently acquired – Mokuchi has a selection of Japanese natural finishing stone available for trial and purchase.  During the KEZ, competition grade Alaskan Yellow Cedar will be available to purchase.

The Mill at Dain’s Lumber
Peekskill, NY


The Mill at Dain’s Lumber is a new custom mill work division of Dain’s Lumber that specializes in locally sourced live edge slabs, handcrafted wood furniture and saw milling services.

Jim Blauvelt
Taftville, CT


Blue Water Forge’s specialty is hand forged damascus knives and san mai knives. Jim has been busy at the forge working on Japanese plane blades and will be bringing some for sale. He and Phil Fuentes will demonstrate the process of forge welding high carbon steel to soft steel necessary for the best Japanese blades.   

NY KEZ Tool Swap


An informal opportunity for community members to swap/sell tools they’re ready to part with to other Japanese woodworking enthusiasts.

A table with slips for you describe your tool, name a price/something you’d like to swap & identify yourself as the seller. Please bring the item of a photo of it (if it’s too large to bring).

Folks at registration will watch the table so you can enjoy the day and direct anyone interested to you. It’ll be a great way for tools to find eager new owners! And, open up some space in your shop… for more projects & tools! 😃

Let us know ahead of time if you plan to bring a bunch of tools so we can plan space accordingly.


Kezurou Kai is a social gathering and friendly competition showcasing the skill of woodworkers that use the Japanese tools. The craftspeople in an area get together and learn from one another. The competition focuses on using the Japanese hand plane in an attempt to make the thinnest wood shaving. This shaving must be the full width and full length of the competition piece of wood – so skill and grace is required to pull the most exquisitely thin and perfect shaving.

It is a tradition in Japan and, as Japanese woodworking tools have become more known in the US, we’re thrilled to be hosting the SIXTH annual mini Kez in NY! It is a privilege to get Japanese woodworking and tool enthusiasts together for fun and an opportunity to challenge their skills. Plus, it is a fantastic opportunity to introduce curious newcomers to this very special type of woodworking.

In traditional Japanese woodwork wood surfaces are shaved very cleanly and left “natural” instead of sanded and oiled or varnished. To achieve a silky smooth surface much skill is required in sharpening and tuning the Japanese plane.

A Japanese plane is pulled rather than pushed as is a western plane, this allows much control. Very importantly the blade of a Japanese plane is made of two types of steel laminated to create an amazing combination of potential sharpness and workability much like the samurai sword!

There are a several hotels near the NY KEZ location. Including:

Nearby camping options are:

Homes are also available for rent through VRBO or AirBnB.

Fall is a VERY popular time for visiting the Hudson Valley, so make your reservations EARLY!