Past Classes

Past Classes

Sunday Shop Sessions - Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7 & 21, Apr 11 & 25, 2021
Sunday Shop Sessions - Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7 & 21, Apr 11 & 25, 2021

By Jay Van Arsdale

Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7 & 21, Apr 11 & 25, 2021
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$350 non-members
$300 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 15 persons

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

Situational Joinery

These web workshops will explore some of the adaptations of basic joinery elements which can be made in specific situations - structural and aesthetic.

  • discussion, demos, and examples will show the wide diversity in more creative solutions.
  • home work will be assigned from each session's examples, these should be completed before next session. Your work will be evaluated so positive progress of work can proceed.
  • all sessions are to be taken as a complete series.

February 7 & 21: mortise & tenon / bridle corner door joinery / corner structural joinery

March 7 & 21: unusual dovetails

April 11 & 25: splicing joinery - simple to complex - decorative and structural

Available Qty: 7
Price: $350.00
Japanese Woodworking Q/A - January 23, 2021
Japanese Woodworking Q/A - January 23, 2021

By Andrew Hunter & Sayuri Suzuki-Schrieber

January 23, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$35 non-members
$20 members (use discount code from newsletter)

No limit to number of participants

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

Not sure how to get started in Japanese woodworking? Having trouble with your Kanna? Want to talk sharpening stones? Well, ask the experts! Andrew Hunter and Sayuri Suzuki will team up to host a live zoom Question and Answer class. So, whatever your questions, Japanese woodworking related of course, join us for an informative conversation. Even if you don't have specific questions yourself there will be much to learn just by listening in..

Suzuki, owner of Suzuki-ya, has been selling Japanese tools and building relationships with craftspeople in America for the past 24 years. There are few people with her level of expertise. And with her close relationships to tool makers in Japan, she has a unique perspective on how the tools should be used.

Andrew is a professional furniture maker and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. He has been using Japanese hand tools to create heirloom furniture for over 20 year and is very enthusiastic to share his knowledge

Price: $40.00
Japanese Chisel Setup - January 30, 2021
Japanese Chisel Setup - January 30, 2021

By Brian Holcombe

January 30
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$50 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 15 persons

2-day hands-on class


Learn to set up Japanese chisels; includes preparation of the blade, handle and hoop.

Available Qty: 9
Price: $75.00
Japanese Boat Building (w/apprentice learning) February 20, 2021
Japanese Boat Building (w/apprentice learning) February 20, 2021

By Douglas Brooks

February 20, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$50 non-members
$40 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 20 people.

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

An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

In this two-hour talk Douglas Brooks, a boatbuilder, writer and researcher and author of five books on traditional Japanese boatbuilding, will give an overview of the craft, drawn from his nine apprenticeships with Japanese boatbuilders. He will begin with a slide talk discussing the design and construction of a wide variety of Japanese boats, and then discuss the unique pedagogy of the apprentice system which has sustained the craft for generations. He will end by talking about his efforts to maintain the craft in the face of enormous social changes in Japan, which has seen a steady loss of traditional craftspeople.

Douglas Brooks lives in Vergennes, Vermont and is the author of Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, which describes his first five apprenticeships in Japan and is the only survey of the craft published. He has been building boats professionally for over thirty years and has been studying Japanese boatbuilding since 1996, working alongside craftspeople in order to document their design secrets and techniques. He teaches workshops on Japanese boatbuilding and is a regular contributor to magazines in the US, UK, and Japan.

Available Qty: 9
Price: $50.00
Classical Chinese Furniture - Andrew Hunter - February 13, 2021
Classical Chinese Furniture - Andrew Hunter - February 13, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

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

$50 non-members
$35 members (use discount 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.

Classical Chinese Furniture

Classical Chinese furniture is one of my favorite topics. I could talk Chinese furniture for hours, so please join me in this interactive zoom class where I'll be doing exactly that.

Furniture in China reached a pinnacle of craftsmanship and style in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. Graceful design, superlative material and fine craftsmanship are defining elements of this style. This lecture-based class will begin with an introduction to furniture making in China and the history that led to this refinement. We will also investigate the influence classical Chinese furniture has had on modern furniture designs. But most importantly, we will study together the intricate joinery that held it together for all these years! 

Price: $50.00
Sawhorse Series - Jason Forster - April 18, May 02 & 16, 2021
Sawhorse Series - Jason Forster - April 18, May 02 & 16, 2021

By Jason Forster

April 18, May 02 & 16, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$200 non-members
$160 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.

Sawhorse Series

Designing and constructing a set of sawhorses is an excellent project for woodworkers that is not only an opportunity to practice cutting joinery, but also increases their capacity to do more and better work once the project is done.

In this series of three classes Jason will demonstrate every stage of the construction of a pair of sawhorses built with Japanese joinery techniques and hand tools. Students are encouraged to build their own set of sawhorses and utilize this opportunity to work alongside an experienced carpenter. Topics to be covered include material selection, stock preparation, joinery selection, layout, cutout, and assembly. An emphasis will be placed on optimizing saw horse design for Japanese woodworking.

If you plan to work alongside Jason during this class, please procure the wood for your sawhorses as soon as possible to allow the wood to acclimate to your working environment and be the most stable in the long run. Kiln dried material is ideal if it is available at your lumber yard. Feel free to make sawhorses of your own design, but Jason will be making a set of sawhorses based on this article.

In addition to wood, students will need at least two chisels (3/8" and 3/4" would be a good set), a hammer, a 240 mm ryoba, a handplane, and a square.

Available Qty: 7
Price: $200.00
Japanese tools in a Western workshop: Shop Tour and Q&A - Wilbur Pan - April 17
Japanese tools in a Western workshop: Shop Tour and Q&A - Wilbur Pan - April 17

By Wilbur Pan

April 17, 2021
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$40 non-members
$32 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 tools in a Western workshop: Shop Tour and Q&A

Sometimes people think that if you want to use Japanese tools, you have to sit on the floor. Join Wilbur Pan as he takes you on a tour of his shop and shows how you can use Japanese tools in a typical hobbyist workshop. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and questions on any aspect of woodworking with Japanese tools (and others) are welcome.

Price: $40.00
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