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Japanese Joinery – Three Way MiterSelect options
Japanese Joinery – Three Way Miter
Seen on traditional Chinese furniture, the three way miter joint is as elegant as it is elusive. The three way miter adds a unique structural component to woodworking projects that is sure to catch the eye and spark ones imagination.
We will spend one day covering the design, layout and cutting of this advanced joint, while also discussing various applications for woodworking projects. Everyone will get the chance to cut their own three way miter joint!
Japanese Timber Frame Workshop (5 Day)Select options
Japanese Timber Frame Workshop (5 Day)
In this 5 days Posts and beams workshop you will learn about, large scale joinery layout and cutting, proportioning, center line layout and cutting sequence. Grain orientation as well as gable roof layout will also be covered. Lots of hands on cutting time! We will be crafting a 6′ x 12′ structure using timbers of various species. Mortices and tenons of various kind as well housed sliding dovetails, kanawa and shachi will be the joinery employed.
Workshop will assemble the structure on the last day of class.
Japanese Woodworking Introduction$40.00 Select options
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
Kitchen Knife Sharpening with Japanese WaterstoneSelect options
Kitchen Knife Sharpening with Japanese Waterstone
Whether you are a chef, a foodie or enjoy cooking, a sharp knife is a thing of beauty and turns chopping into a joyous activity!
In this class you will learn how to redress an abused cutting edge as well as how to routinely maintain a good edge on your knifes using user friendly Japanese water stones.
A sharp knife is a safe knife!
Master Series – SharpeningSelect options
Master Series – Sharpening
In the first of this series we will journey deep into the subtleties of sharpening by hand using Japanese water stones. We will discuss and experiment the use of Nagura stone, Blue stone, 4000, 8000 and finer stones as well as trying several grades of natural finish stones from Mokuchi’s private collection.
A sharp tool is a joy, an ultra sharp blade is a delight.
Sharpening with Japanese WaterstoneRead more
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
Japanese Saws: Use & CareSelect options
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.
Japanese Plane: Shaping WoodSelect options
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.
Japanese Joinery – Mortice & Tenon$165.00 Select options
Japanese Joinery – Mortice & Tenon
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.
An additional $20 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.$165.00
Japanese Joinery – Advanced Mortise & TenonSelect options
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.
An additional $20 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.
Japanese Joinery – Kanawa Joint$155.00 Select options
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!$155.00
Design 1, Wood and Joinery$165.00 Select options
Design 1, Wood and Joinery
In this first one day class of the design series we will start broadly with concepts, goals and aesthetics. After forming a vision we will move towards more specifics: lumber selection, wood grain, orientation, sequencing, sizing and joinery choices.
Balance, economics, fluidity and awareness will be addressed.
Will include a sketching session with Q&A and a walk in the woods.
This class is intended to establish the foundation for sound, conscious and harmonious designs.$165.00
Saw Horse WorkshopSelect options
Saw Horse Workshop
Saw horses are an essential part of a flexible woodworking practice.
In this two day class we will layout (mark out) all the joinery for a pair of saw horses suited to support a bench. Final height and dimensions will be customized to the individual for maximum comfort and efficiency while working. Joinery will be a variety of advanced mortices and tenons, including wedged and pegged. The focus will then be on cutting and assembly of one saw horse. Leaving the second one to be finished at home if needed.
An additional $95 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.
Kumiko (Lattice) WorkSelect options
Kumiko (Lattice) Work
Kumiko patterns are the decorative geometric forms that traditionally accent Japanese shoji screens. More recently the patterns are used in furniture and lighting.
In class, you will learn the basics of making kumiko patterns. Including how to prepare material, make the jigumi grid that houses the pattern, and cut the many pieces that make up a pattern. We will also look at a variety of jigs used in the preparation of kumiko stock and cutting pattern pieces. Everyone will make a trivet based on the popular asa-no-ha pattern. A variety of other patterns will also be discussed.
Japanese Block Plane and Chisel Set-Up & UseRead more
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.
Dovetails with Japanese ToolsSelect options
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!
Japanese Joinery – Secret Mitered Dovetails$155.00 Select options
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.
An additional $20 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.$155.00
Japanese Joinery – Shachi JointSelect options
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!
A $20 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.
Japanese Plane MakingSelect options
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.
Shoji MakingSelect options
In this three 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, paper and joinery.
Japanese Joinery Intensive$990.00 Select options
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.$990.00
Finish Plane$310.00 Read more
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