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.

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Multi-day workshop to build and assemble a 6′ x 12′ Japanese timber frame structure.


Sharpening or some sharpening experience


One joinery class, preferably Mortice and Tenon or similar experience

Tools Required (BASIC TOOL LIST)

  • Japanese sharpening combination water stone 1000/6000 grit
  •  1/2”(12mm) and 1″ (24mm) bench chisel (Japanese preferred )
  • Japanese saw 240mm and 270mm ryoba style
  • Medium hammer 570gr/20oz
  • 2-3 sheets 220 wet dry sand paper
  • Japanese square (sashigane)
  • Pencil, square, old towel or large rag.


  • Japanese sharpening water stone 1000-1200 grit
  • Japanese sharpening water stone 3000-4000 grit
  • Japanese sharpening water stone 6000-10 000 grit
  •  1/2″ ,1” and one larger 1 1/2″-2″ Japanese timber chisels
  •  1/2” as well as 1″ or larger Japanese push/paring chisel
  • Japanese smoothing or block plane 48mm
  • Japanese scraper plane (tachiganna) 42mm or 48mm
  • Japanese saw 240mm and 270mm ryoba style
  • Japanese saw 240mm crosscut dozuki (backsaw)
  • Japanese saw 300mm kataba  (single side) tatebiki (rip)
  • Japanese saw 300mm kataba  (single side) yokobiki (crosscut)
  • Medium Japanese hammer 570-670gr
  • Small Japanese hammer 225gr
  • 2-3 sheets 220 wet dry sand paper
  • Beveled straight edge
  • Japanese square (sashigane)
  • Standard square
  • Pencil and old towel or large rag

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

# of Students

Maximum 8

Time & Location

Mokuchi Studio – Port Jervis
9am – 6pm (5 days)