Kezurou Kai are gatherings for Japanese woodworking enthusiasts to share their knowledge & excitement for the tools & techniques. Kezurou Kai USA and Mokuchi Studio is thrilled to host the 6th annual Kezurou Kai event on the East Coast. The overall event includes several specialized workshops and forums that culminate in the main event – Kezurou Kai.
Week long of activities leading up to NY KEZ 2019!
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.
Saturday Schedule of Events
Kezurou Kai USA - 2019
Sunday, September 15th Schedule of Events
- Log splitting with wood wedges – Group effort! Get involved!
- Axe (Masakari) Hewing
- Adze (Chona) Hewing
- Spear Plane (Yariganna)
- Large Ripping Saw (Maebiki)
- Wide Plane (Oganna)
- Travel Reflections: Kurume Kezurou Kai & future of woodworking in Japan – Andrew Hunter
- Traditional Japanese Furniture Making Techniques & Principles for the Modern Maker – Joshua 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
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)
Prize Information & Sponsors
Description coming soon
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 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.
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.
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!