A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking
A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking
A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking
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A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking

Regular price $300.00

Special Guest Instructor: Andrew Strome

A Weekend of Japanese Woodworking: 

  • 2 Day Course – $600. + HST.
  • or Individual Days for $300. +HST each.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
  • Saturday & Sunday September 16 to 17 from 10am-6pm.
  • All materials are included.

Over this 2 Day Course, you will learn how Japnese woodworkers built secure sturdy boxes that would last for generations. This box is ideal for your woodworking tools, painting supplies, knitting or any other special possessions looking for a new home. On Sunday we dive into the traditional art of Kumiko; a delicate technique of assembling wooden pieces without nails. The “Kumiko” woodwork technique was developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD).

Students that attend the Full Weekend event, ( both days ) will get to keep their Dozuki. ( Japanese Saw )

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Japanese-Style Toolbox: 

  • 1 Day Course – $300. + HST.
  • Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced.
  • Saturday September 16 from 10am-6pm.
  • All materials are included.
In this full-day class, you'll make a small Japanese-Style toolbox that has an intriguing sliding lid closure, perfect for storing a basic kit of tools or those small treasures we all have.
We'll cover producing a finished surface with a hand plane and take you step by step through laying out and cutting through finger joints. You'll learn how to saw and chisel to a line, with an emphasis on good body mechanics. We'll also teach you how to use forged nails and strategies for panic-free glue-ups. These are all foundation skills, transferable to any project.

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A Traditional Kumiko Panel:

  • 1 Day Course – $300. + HST.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
  • Sunday September 17 from 10am-6pm.
  • All materials are included.

Special Note: Due to the precision required to successfully complete this project we highly recommend students with an intermediate level of skill in woodworking attend.

Kumiko is the traditional Japanese woodworking technique of assembling small wood strips to create intricate panels that form sliding doors and Shoji screens. This functional art requires patience, precision and a few speciality tools and jigs. With Andrew's guidance, you will learn the humble art of Kumiko.

In this full-day class,  you'll make a simple panel with a traditional motif based on the hemp leaf (asa-no-ha in Japanese). We'll introduce you to the simple jigs and fixtures required and practice the fundamental sawing and chiselling skills required for accurate results.  With a systematic approach and attention to detail, we'll demystify this seemingly complex project.


— All students at UW must be 18 years and older to attend —
If you experience any difficulty in booking a class please call us at 416-463-9407