Shoji Making


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.




Sharpening with Japanese Waterstones Introduction and one previous joinery class with Mokuchi


6mm(1/4″) dovetail or bench chisel
12mm (1/2”) paring chisel
Bench or dovetail chisel also acceptable.
210mm or finer Ryoba saw (japanese two sided pull saw)
Dozuki saw (Japanese backsaw)
Marking gauge
Pencil and eraser

Hand plane

Contact Mokuchi to purchase tools. As a Japanese tool retailer Mokuchi provides guidance on selecting tools and a student discount.


$310 for instruction
An additional $35 materials fee for shoji paper and wood will be required for each student at time of class.

# of Students

4-6 maximum


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