Past Classes

Past Classes

Natural Stones: Refined Sharpening for the Working Professional - Dale Brotherton - Apr 23, 2022
Natural Stones: Refined Sharpening for the Working Professional - Dale Brotherton - Apr 23, 2022

By Dale Brotherton

Saturday, April 23, 2022
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Natural Stones: Refined Sharpening for the Working Professional

Natural sharpening stones hold great allure. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they promise to elevate sharpening to an entirely different level. That is, of course, if you get a good one and use it well. In this workshop Dale will discuss what he looks for when selecting a stone along with how to care for and maintain them. Cared for properly, a good finish stone can last for decades of use, while bringing great enjoyment to the sharpening routine.

Dale will also walk students through how he approaches sharpening on a daily basis while working on customer projects in various situations and accommodating all varieties of materials. Bring along your questions.

Please note that we are planning to release these classes at a future date via streaming and/or download. By signing up for class, you are agreeing to be recorded and included in these future recordings.

Price: $75.00
Shoji in Western Construction - Jason Forster - March 27, 2022
Shoji in Western Construction - Jason Forster - March 27, 2022

By Jason Forster

Sunday, March 27, 2022
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Shoji in Western Construction

In this class Jason will present all the steps from a recent shoji project. Topics will include design (on paper and in Sketchup), material selection, fabrication, and installation of five shoji doors and the associated tracks and trim. We will discuss various issues that arise when integrating shoji with a pre-existing conventional structure. Special focus will be applied to the efficient use of hand tools in contemporary construction practices.

Please note that we are planning to release these classes at a future date via streaming and/or download. By signing up for class, you are agreeing to be recorded and included in these future recordings.

Price: $75.00
Traditional Saws: Types; Use; and Maintenance - Dale Brotherton - Mar 19, 2022
Traditional Saws: Types; Use; and Maintenance - Dale Brotherton - Mar 19, 2022

By Dale Brotherton

Saturday, March 19th, 2022
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Traditional saws: Types; Use; and Maintenance

This workshop will focus on traditional forged Japanese handsaws. Dale started using them in 1978, long before replacement blade saws were introduced and has continued to use them exclusively since. While working in Japan he developed a close relationship with a saw maker and metate craftsmen. There will be a wide range of saws to examine and discuss along with demonstrations of use and basic maintenance. Dale will also show sharpening and tooth setting.

Full disclosure: Dale is not a professional metate. What he offers is information that he has picked up and used to maintain his own saws. His hopes are that this will help to expand your knowledge and confidence to use these wonderful tools

Please note that we are planning to release these classes at a future date via streaming and/or download. By signing up for class, you are agreeing to be recorded and included in these future recordings.

Price: $75.00
The Hip Rafter: Layout and Cutout - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1
The Hip Rafter: Layout and Cutout - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1

By Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster

March 13, 20; April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 2022
9am - 4pm PST

$600

In-person class.

6 person limit.

The Hip Rafter: Layout and Cutout

This is an in-person workshop hosted at Jay’s shop in Oakland, CA.

Jay and Jason will facilitate a hands-on workshop during which we will investigate the fundamental geometry of the sloping hip rafter. We will work through the process of laying out and cutting out a hip rafter and its related roof members. Each participant will construct their own scale model of the corner of a hipped roof.

Bring your own tools and lunch. Material fee is included in the registration price.

Please note that we are planning to release these classes at a future date via streaming and/or download. By signing up for class, you are agreeing to be recorded and included in these future recordings.

Available Qty: 1
Price: $600.00
Japanese Woodturning & Urushi Lacquer: Intro and Demonstration: Jarrod Dahl & Jazmin Hicks-Dahl - Mar 12, 2022
Japanese Woodturning & Urushi Lacquer: Intro and Demonstration: Jarrod Dahl & Jazmin Hicks-Dahl - Mar 12, 2022

By Jarrod Dahl and Jazmin Hicks-Dahl

Saturday, March 12th, 2022
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$30 non-members
$24 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Japanese Woodturning and Urushi Lacquer: Intro and Demonstration

Jarrod Dahl will give a presentation and demonstration on Japanese wood turning and urushi lacquer with his wife Jazmin. He will present slides from their 2 trips to Japan where Jarrod taught greenwood working, studied turning and they both began their studies in urushi lacquer. Jarrod will demonstrate turning in the Japanese style and discuss the tools, lathes, and techniques that he learned from his two teachers in different areas of Japan. Jazmin will demonstrate fuki-urushi, a layered wiped lacquer technique and show some pieces from their collection. They will also talk about the Hassui Ceramic glass coating they will be importing from Japan from Tokunaga Furniture Studio. Check out their work and Jarrod’s blog at woodspirithandcraft.com

Presentation duration: 2 hours

Please note that we are planning to release these classes at a future date via streaming and/or download. By signing up for class, you are agreeing to be recorded and included in these future recordings.

Price: $30.00
Dai Cutting - Josh Villegas - Nov 21, 2021
Dai Cutting - Josh Villegas - Nov 21, 2021

By Josh Villegas

Sunday, November 21st, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Dai Cutting

In this class Josh will demonstrate how to cut a dai, the wooden block of a kanna. Along with a full demo, Josh will describe all the considerations one should make when going down the road of cutting your own dai. All students should walk away with the necessary knowledge and practical techniques to cut a dai, including specialty dai, like nakin-ganna, shi-ho-zori, along with many others.

Price: $75.00
Impractical Sharpening - Andrew Hunter - Nov 20, 2021
Impractical Sharpening - Andrew Hunter - Nov 20, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

Saturday, November 20th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Impractical Sharpening

This online class is the sequel to David Wood's class on practical sharpening. As the title implies, Andrew's presentation is intended to take the conversation of sharpening one step further. What Andrew likes to call "Sunday afternoon sharpening", where there is a boss telling you that you are spending too much time fiddling with your blade. It is a time to practice new techniques, and to push yourself and your tool to do its best.

Andrew will start with the basics, covering the foundation of sharpening and what it means to be truly sharp. From there he will jump into more complex ideas and help the student see and understand what is happening on a microscopic level at the cutting edge. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of sharpening stones and how to get the most out of what you have. And how to create different kinds of edges that perform in various types of situations and materials. Most importantly, you will leave this class inspired to advance yourself and your craft. So please join Andrew and bring on your questions!

Price: $75.00
Introduction to Sharpening Japanese Tools - Jeff Bearce - Nov 14, 2021
Introduction to Sharpening Japanese Tools - Jeff Bearce - Nov 14, 2021

By Jeff Bearce

Sunday, November 14th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Introduction to Sharpening Japanese Tools

Join Jeff Bearce for a class on the basics of sharpening Japanese chisels and planes by hand. You’ll learn how to use water stones to maintain the bevel and back of your blades to form a razor sharp cutting edge. Beginning with techniques for flattening sharpening stones, we’ll go on to cover topics like optimal bevel angles, sharpening stone grits, methods for holding blades while sharpening, flattening the back of blades while maintaining the hollow, and removing burrs.

Price: $75.00
Introduction to Japanese Saws - Wilbur Pan - Nov 13, 2021
Introduction to Japanese Saws - Wilbur Pan - Nov 13, 2021

By Wilbur Pan

Saturday, November 13th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Introduction to Japanese Saws

Interested in using a Japanese saw, but don’t know where to start? This class is for you. In this class, you’ll learn why Japanese saws are a great option for hand saws, what makes them work so well, the types of Japanese saws, and practical ways to use them in your workshop.

This class is intended for any woodworker interested in Japanese saws. You don’t have to use Japanese tools, and you don’t have to be a hand tool woodworker to benefit from this class. There will be many demonstrations, and plenty of opportunities for questions and answers.

If you have a Japanese saw to bring to class, it may be useful to follow along with.

Price: $75.00
Japanese Plane Setup and Tuning - David Wood - Nov 7, 2021
Japanese Plane Setup and Tuning - David Wood - Nov 7, 2021

By David Wood

Sunday, November 7th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Japanese Plane Setup and Tuning

In this class, David will walk you through the steps for bringing a new Japanese hand plane into full working order.

To start he will give recommendations to beginners for purchasing their first plane, as well as suggestions for refurbishing an older one. David will then take students through each step in tuning up a block plane. He will demonstrate how to prepare the blade, including tapping out and flattening the blade back. He will also show the fitting of the blade to its pre-cut block and offer tips for getting a snug fit. Chip breakers will be discussed briefly with descriptions on how to tune and fit one to your plane. David will demonstrate a number of techniques for profiling the sole of the plane and will wrap up by covering the body mechanics of cutting on the pull stroke.

There is a lot to cover in 2 hours, so David is not expecting students to follow along with their own plane; rather he is hoping for plenty of questions and a thoughtful discussion.

Price: $75.00
Introduction to Japanese Chisel Setup - Brian Holcombe - November 6th, 2021
Introduction to Japanese Chisel Setup - Brian Holcombe - November 6th, 2021

By Brian Holcombe

Saturday, November 6th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$50 non-members
$40 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Introduction to Japanese Chisel Setup

In this class, you will learn about the design and strengths of the Japanese chisel, along with in-depth knowledge of how to set them up to perform at their best.

Japanese chisels, due to their laminated construction, can be honed incredibly keenly and yet remain easy to sharpen. And handles, often reinforced with metal hoops, can be struck with steel hammers and still last decades with the proper setup. This class will cover preparation of the blade, handle and hoop.

For those who cannot make the live class, or who want to follow along with their own tools later, access to the video will be available for download for two weeks after the live lesson.

Tools recommended for class:

  • Half round file or a flat file and a round file
  • Pencil
  • Spare chisel
  • Hammer and anvil or heavy block of wood
  • Hoop installation device (not required)
  • A way to remove the hoop, either a socket or round piece of wood
  • Fine sharpening stone
  • Diamond plate or a way to flatten the stone

Price: $50.00
Introduction to Japanese Woodworking - Andrew Hunter - October 24th, 2021
Introduction to Japanese Woodworking - Andrew Hunter - October 24th, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

October 24th, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$50 non-members
$40 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

Introduction to Japanese Woodworking

Traditional Japanese woodworking has much to offer the West, particularly those of us with an interest in working wood with hand tools. Japan’s blacksmiths are renowned for the quality of their blades, and the carpenters are equally respected for the skill with which they use them to create strong and beautiful joinery. In this live Zoom presentation, Andrew Hunter will introduce the audience to the magical world of Japanese woodworking.

Whether you are totally new to Japanese tools and want to learn more about what makes them unique, or you have taken classes with Andrew before and enjoy listening to him go on about the things he loves about them, this class is for you.

Andrew will not only include instructions on how to get started using Japanese tools like saws, chisels and planes, he will also get into the philosophy behind them and will share what it is about Japanese tools that got him hooked in the first place. He will make an effort to explain how to apply many of the ideas and techniques into a western shop.

Please join us for this special opportunity to get expert guidance at a reduced price, and add another dimension to your woodworking!

Price: $50.00
Lanterns: Design & Build - Jay Van Arsdale & Jason Forster - Oct 10, 17, 31 & Nov 7
Lanterns: Design & Build - Jay Van Arsdale & Jason Forster - Oct 10, 17, 31 & Nov 7

By Jay Van Arsdale & Jason Forster

October 10th, 17th, and 31st and November 7th, 2021
9am - 4pm PST

$250 Members Only

8 person limit

 

Lanterns: Design & Build. Joinery Structure with Shoji Panels

Join Jay van Arsdale and Jason Forster for this 4-day, in-person workshop at Jay's shop in Oakland, CA

You will design and build your own lantern structure with shoji panels.

Making lanterns serves an important purpose, giving carpenters practice in model making for larger structures before expending more time and material during the actual build. These scale miniatures allow a woodworker a chance to work out ideas, develop designs and preview a more complete look than a drawing alone could.

Historically, model building was important in all temple construction and planning. Many models of temples are displayed in the temples themselves, showing changes made in some of the building’s reconstructions over generations while giving us a better idea of the original concept.

Students who are in the middle of a project, as well as beginners, are encouraged to sign up. A mix of students at different points in their process leads to a richer experience for everyone.

We will be offering our first ever "fly on the wall" option during this class. Kezurou-kai USA members will have the option to tune in via webcam during the entirety of these classes. Interaction with these "flies" will not be guaranteed, but it would be a great opportunity to see what these in-person sessions are about. In-person students should be aware of this webcam presence while they are in the class.

For "Fly on the Wall" viewing
For those of you who can’t make class but are interested in watching short live segments of it here and there, you can follow along on Kezurou-Kai USA and Jason Forster’s instagram accounts.
https://www.instagram.com/kezusa/
https://www.instagram.com/jason.forster/

Bring your own lunch and tools.

Please note: this workshop will be held in-person at Jay's shop in Oakland, CA. Exact location will be given to attendees after signing up.

*Attendees must be vaccinated and wearing a mask

Available Qty: 4
Price: $250.00
Practical Sharpening - David Wood - August 22, 2021
Practical Sharpening - David Wood - August 22, 2021

By David Wood

August 22, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

 

Practical Sharpening

The foundation for safe, pleasurable and accurate woodwork is effective sharpening. David will approach the subject of sharpening from a practical and professional perspective, one that woodworkers of varying skill levels can benefit from. This angle focuses on how to create truly sharp edges, reliably and in a reasonable amount of time, so you can get back to work.

He will lead participants through his recommended sharpening process for Japanese-style plane blades and chisels, using waterstones and simple hand pressure. The principles involved in this approach are optimized for Japanese-style tools but can definitely apply to Western-style blades. He will discuss the benefits and downsides of different styles of stones and will address the many pitfalls in sharpening that can make the process frustratingly time-consuming. There will also be ample amount of time set aside for any questions related to individual sharpening challenges attendees want to bring up.

Price: $75.00
Ura Dashi - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - August 7, 2021
Ura Dashi - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - August 7, 2021

By Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster

Saturday, August 07, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$95 non-members
$76 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

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Ura Dashi: Restoring Land to the Ura

Ura Dashi is known in the West as "tapping out". This is a unique skill required of those using laminated kanna blades. This online workshop will present clear ideas with straight-forward demonstrations of techniques for a more successful and efficient process. More subtle properties of laminated steels will also be addressed.

Price: $95.00
Lanterns: Design & Build - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - July 11 & 18, August 1st & 8th, 2021
Lanterns: Design & Build - Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster - July 11 & 18, August 1st & 8th, 2021

By Jay van Arsdale & Jason Forster

July 11th & 18th, August 1st & 8th, 2021
9am - 4pm PST

$250 for 4 days (includes materials).
8 person limit. In person class.
*Attendees must be vaccinated and wearing a mask.
MEMBERS ONLY
MEMBER COUPON CODE CANNOT BE APPLIED TO THIS WORKSHOP


Lanterns: Design & Build. Joinery structure with shoji panels.

Join Jay van Arsdale and Jason Forster for this 4-day, in-person workshop at Jay's shop in Oakland, CA. You will design and build your own lantern structure with shoji panels.

$250 for 4 days (includes materials)
July 11th and 18th and August 1st and 8th, 9am to 4pm

Bring your own lunch and tools.

Please note: this workshop will be held in person at Jay's shop in Oakland, CA. Exact location will be given to attendees after signing up.

*Attendees must be vaccinated and wearing a mask

Available Qty: 2
Price: $250.00
Layout: Tools & Techniques, Old & New - Jay Van Arsdale - July 10, 2021
Layout: Tools & Techniques, Old & New - Jay Van Arsdale - July 10, 2021

By Jay Van Arsdale

July 10, 2021
11am - 2pm PST / 2 - 5pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.



Layout: Tools & Techniques, Old & New

This online workshop will cover ideas and procedures to help ensure easier, more accurate and efficient layouts. Use and preparation of sumitsubo, sumisashi, sashigane, inks, pens, and other more modern implements will be addressed. This is the most basic, fundamental starting point for joinery construction.

Please note: this will be a 3 hour online workshop

Price: $75.00
Splice Joinery - Dale Brotherton - June 26, 2021
Splice Joinery - Dale Brotherton - June 26, 2021

By Dale Brotherton

June 26, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.

15 person limit.

Basic Construction Joinery Techniques - Splice (Scarf) Joint

In this class Dale will lead students through layout and cutting of a Beam Splice. We'll use only hand tools. Students are welcome to follow along with their own tools and wood stock:

  • Material: Two short pieces of equal dimension (about 2' long or one 4' long, a minimum of 2.5" up to 5" thick) is recommended
  • At least two chisels: One 12mm size (9mm for small stock) and one wide chisel (36 ~ 48mm). An intermediate size and any others you have can be useful
  • A 240mm to 270mm ryoba saw and a 210mm to 240mm dozuki, crosscut or ryoba saw
  • A hand plane for surface flattening will be useful

The knowledge gained from this course will be readily adaptable to any scale of project. Please join us for two hours of working with wood as it's done in Japan.

Note: This is the third in a series on Japanese post and beam construction joints.

Available Qty: 1
Price: $75.00
Practical Sharpening - David Wood - June 13, 2021
Practical Sharpening - David Wood - June 13, 2021

By David Wood

June 13, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.



Practical Sharpening

The foundation for safe, pleasurable and accurate woodwork is effective sharpening. In this class, David will approach the subject of sharpening from a practical and professional perspective, one that both experienced and amateur woodworkers can benefit from. This angle focuses on how to reliably create truly sharp edges on both chisels and plane blades, in a reasonable amount of time, so you can get back to work.

He will lead participants through his recommended sharpening process for Japanese-style plane blades and wide and narrow bench and paring chisels, using waterstones and simple hand pressure. The principles involved in this approach are optimized for Japanese-style tools but can definitely apply to Western-style blades. He will discuss the benefits and downsides of different styles of stones and will address the many pitfalls that can be frustrating in the search for a sharp edge.

Recommended tool list: grab your stones, a bin full of water, and any blades you'd like to sharpen. David recommends having at least a ~1000 grit waterstone, a 4000+ grit waterstone, a plane blade and a chisel for the class to be the most useful, but feel free to join no matter your setup.

Price: $75.00
Advanced Kanna Tuning  - Andrew Hunter - June 12, 2021
Advanced Kanna Tuning - Andrew Hunter - June 12, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

June 12, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use Coupon Code from newsletter)

Class recordings will be available to all participants for 2 weeks.
Links to zoom class will be emailed the day before class is scheduled.



Advanced Kanna Tuning

In this class Andrew will go beyond the basics of tuning up a new plane. A sequel to his last kanna class, this online presentation will take an even closer look at fully utilizing your Japanese plane.

He will begin by demonstrating how to set up a new chipbreaker and give tips on how to get the most out of this somewhat complicated yet rewarding accessory. He will also delve more deeply into the shaping of the blade for optimal performance. This will include demonstrations of ura-dashi or "tapping out" of a blade. He will also cover some advanced sharpening techniques and will give suggestions for how to deal with the most difficult grains.

As a special bonus Andrew will share with the class the 12 inch wide kanna left to Kezurou-kai USA by master Japanese craftsman Fumiyoshi Yamamoto. This wide plane, or ooganna, is a sight to see and an inspiration for those of us who are reaching for the horizon of perfection.

Price: $75.00
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