Past Classes

Past Classes

Making Japanese Planes September 26, 2020
Making Japanese Planes September 26, 2020

By Scott Wynn

September 26th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

Personal Thoughts on Hands-On Practice

Making Japanese Planes

How to make the traditional miniature planes used by Japanese shokunin for shaping and smoothing.

In this class I will demonstrate how to make the small Japanese-style finger planes, sometimes called chibbi-kanna. Relatively quick to make they are invaluable for shaping, fairing, and smoothing both curved and small restricted flat surfaces found on furniture, musical instruments, carvings, architectural details, spoons and bowls.  While the information is also useful for making full size planes as the techniques are similar, I will cover some lesser known techniques involved in making the small planes."

The class will cover selection of materials for the dai, blade selection and cutting, laying out and cutting the dai, fitting the blade, and tuning the plane.  The particular plane made will be one with a slightly convex blade with a straight sole for producing broadly sweeping concave surfaces.

Available Qty: 7
Price: $75.00
Briefing on the Receding Horizon June 13, 2020
Briefing on the Receding Horizon June 13, 2020

By Jay Van Arsdale

June 13th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

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

Limited to 20 persons. Lecture.

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

Personal Thoughts on Hands-On Practice

BRIEFING ON THE RECEDING HORIZON...simple ideas to give your multi-source learning a more positive, practical structure:  showing personal aspects of hands-on practice, organizing principles of work flow, and some new tricks from an old dog.

Available Qty: 9
Price: $50.00
Japanese Boat Building - May 30, 2020
Japanese Boat Building - May 30, 2020

By Douglas Brooks

May 30th, 2020
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.

Available Qty: 9
Price: $50.00
Physics of Hand Planing - June 20, 2020
Physics of Hand Planing - June 20, 2020

By Andrew Hunter

June 27th, 2020
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

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

Limited to 12 people. Hands on class.

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

Fundamentals of Cutting Wood with a Japanese Plane

In this interactive class Andrew will discuss in detail the fundamentals of cutting wood with a Japanese plane.

 

Together, you will investigate the many varying properties of wood and how best to tune your plane for a controlled cut. 

The effect of bedding angles, bevel angles and chip breakers will be covered in detail, as well as many of the other principles involved in creating a beautiful handplane finish.

Price: $75.00
Advanced Kanna Tuning - June 27, 2020
Advanced Kanna Tuning - June 27, 2020

By Andrew Hunter

June 27th, 2020
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

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

Limited to 12 people. Hands on class.

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

Techniques for Fine Tuning Your Plane

This interactive class is for students who already use Japanese planes, but want to take their understanding to the next level.  Andrew will discuss and demonstrate the techniques for getting the most out of your plane in any wood. 

Available Qty: 9
Price: $75.00
Foundations of Joinery Culture July 18, 2020
Foundations of Joinery Culture July 18, 2020

By Jay Van Arsdale

July 18th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

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

Limited to 12 persons. Hands on class

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 Japanese Hand Tools

FOUNDATIONS OF JOINERY CULTURE ...tapping into the enduring value of traditional Japanese hand tools... tools designed and used to make wood into more than it is:  sashigane, sumitsubo, sumisashi, toishi, hammer and chisels, ryoba.

Just the basics--discuss use, cost, metal types and production methods, efficient layout strategies.  Demonstration and discussion.

Available Qty: 5
Price: $75.00
Kanna Tuning July 11 - 12, 2020
Kanna Tuning July 11 - 12, 2020

By Brian Holcombe

July 11 - 12
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$150 non-members
$100 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 12 persons

2-day hands-on class


Day 1: Focuses on preparing the blade and chip breaker utilizing the technique of ura-dashi. Ura-dashi, also known as tapping out, allows us to form the back of the plane and chip breaker flat. This is followed by detailed step by step of sharpening by hand, without fixtures, using water stones.

Day 2: Covers the process of bedding the blade followed by installing the chip breaker and tuning the dai sole for finish planing.

Have your own plane and tools ready--you can ask questions during the class.

Price: $150.00
Advanced Sharpening - March 28, 2021
Advanced Sharpening - March 28, 2021

By Brian Holcombe

March 28th, 2021
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

Advanced Sharpening

Discussion and practice of sharpening techniques, in addition to natural and synthetic sharpening stones.

Please bring course, medium, and fine sharpening stones and a tool to sharpen.

Available Qty: 3
Price: $75.00
Dai Cutting - March 20, 2021
Dai Cutting - March 20, 2021

By Josh Villegas

March 20th, 2021
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

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
Basic Construction Joinery - March 6, 2021
Basic Construction Joinery - March 6, 2021

By Dale Brotherton

March 6th, 2021
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

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

Limited to 15 persons. Hands on class.

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

Basic Construction Joinery Techniques

In this class Dale will lead students through layout and cutting of Japanese post and beam construction joints, starting with basic square-pinned Mortise and Tenon. Both entirely hand cutting and pre-drilling methods will be covered. Students are welcome to follow along with their own tools and wood stock:

  • Two short pieces of (minimum 2.5" up to 6") square material are recommended
  • At least one chisel (1/2" size for small stock, 3/4" for 3 1/2" stock, or 1" size for 4 1/2" and larger stock). Also, other sizes will be useful, if available
  • A 240mm to 300mm rip or ryoba saw and a 210mm to 240mm dozuki, crosscut or ryoba saw

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 class is a repeat of the one presented last October and is planned as part 1 of a 3-part series on construction joinery. Each class is priced separately and not as a bundle. The next two, spaced at roughly 2-month intervals, will cover dovetail and splice joints. Each can be taken separately or better yet, plan on attending all three!

Price: $75.00
Using Japanese Saws in Your Workshop - September 12, 2020
Using Japanese Saws in Your Workshop - September 12, 2020

By Wilbur Pan

September 12th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 15 persons. Hands on class.

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

Using Japanese saws in your workshop

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 opportunity for questions and answers.

Available Qty: 7
Price: $75.00
Sunday Shop Time 4-week course - September 13, 20, 27 & October 4, 2020
Sunday Shop Time 4-week course - September 13, 20, 27 & October 4, 2020

By Jay Van Arsdale

September 13th, 20th, 27th and October 4th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$250 non-members
$200 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.

Sunday Shop

  • Basics of getting started in the space you have
  • Ongoing discussions of selected topics and demos helpful for seeing how little is really needed for work to begin
  • Prepping tools
    • setting chisel hoops
    • sharpening set ups
    • lay out procedures
    • resawing (your own) lumber with ryoba expanding the use of 5 reductive processes in joinery work

Classes will be interactive

  • selective topics
  • demonstrations
  • homework is given thru each demo each class
  • homework is inspected at start of next class
  • time for questions, corrections, and encouragement

Classes given by Jay van Arsdale assisted by Jason Forster

Available Qty: 11
Price: $250.00
Japanese Chisels Setup - August 29, 2020
Japanese Chisels Setup - August 29, 2020

By Brian Holcombe

August 29th, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

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

Available Qty: 5
Price: $75.00
Introduction to Japanese Handplanes - November 7, 2020
Introduction to Japanese Handplanes - November 7, 2020

By Andrew Hunter

November 7, 2020
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.

This online lecture is intended for students who are new to the world of Japanese handplanes (Kanna).

Maybe you've been thinking about buying a Japanese plane or maybe you already have one and need a little help getting it in full working order.  Well, this is the class for you! From buying and setting up a new plane to using it to create a mirror smooth surface, Andrew will cover all the basics.  

He will introduce students to a wide variety of different planes with many uses, from rough work to smoothing and joinery.  He will also discuss and demonstrate the many ways he uses Kanna in his own shop as a furniture maker. 

So, if you have been thinking about diving into the magical world of Japanese planes, wait no longer, this reduced price class is the perfect opportunity to jump in!

Price: $35.00
Mortise and Tenons by Hand - September 19, 2020
Mortise and Tenons by Hand - September 19, 2020

by Brian Holcombe

September 19th, 2020
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

Cutting Mortise and Tenon with Handtools

Learn to layout and cut mortise and tenon joint by hand using a saw and chisels. The basic mortise and tenon joint is the foundational joint of all woodworking, it can be made by hand using simple tools.

Please have a Japanese saw for crosscut and rip cut, a bench or mortise chisel 1/2" in width, a kebiki marking gauge, measuring tool, knife and a square.

Available Qty: 6
Price: $75.00
Sharpening - October 3, 2020
Sharpening - October 3, 2020

By Andrew Hunter

October 3rd, 2020
11am - 1pm PST / 2 - 4pm EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

Good woodworking starts with sharp tools. In this Zoom class Andrew will discuss and demonstrate what it takes to get sharp. 

Starting with the basics, he will lay out the fundamentals of blade sharpening.  Naturally, the focus of the class will be on sharpening Japanese tools with water stones, but western tools and methods will also be touched on.

With so many sharpening stones on the market it can be overwhelming deciding which stones to use.  Andrew will discuss what to look for when buying new stones and cover the unique qualities of each type.  No, he won't tell you which stone you should buy, but he will give you all the information you need to make an educated decision yourself.

 

He will not only share his personal sharpening routine, he will also discuss a variety of options ranging in experience levels -  from sharpening guides to natural Japanese stones Andrew will cover all the bases. 

With a limit of only 15 students there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.  Whether you are just starting out or you are a seasoned pro there is always opportunity for improvement, so please join in!

Price: $75.00
Preparing for Joinery: Surface Prep with Hand Planes - October 24, 2020
Preparing for Joinery: Surface Prep with Hand Planes - October 24, 2020

By Brian Holcombe

October 24, 2020
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

This class will provide students with a basic understanding of how to prepare boards by hand using hand planes. This foundational skill set will feature the use of winding sticks, comparative measuring tools and scribes to joint, thickness and edge boards by hand.

Please have prepared a long and short hand plane, marking gauge, winding sticks and a straight edge. In addition you will need a setup for planing (planing beam or bench) which is stable and sturdy. Please also make certain that your planes are sharp and ready for work and please choose a board which is at least 6-7" wide, 24" long and of material that is easy to work with featuring mild grain.

Price: $75.00
Basic Joinery Techniques - October 17, 2020
Basic Joinery Techniques - October 17, 2020

By Dale Brotherton

October 17th
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 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.

Basic Joinery Techniques

In this class Dale will lead students through layout and cutting of Japanese post and beam construction joints starting with basic square-pinned Mortise and Tenon. Both entirely hand cutting and pre-drilling methods will be covered. Students are welcome to follow along with their own tools and wood stock:

  • Two short pieces of minimum 2.5" up to 6" square material are recommended.
  • At least one chisel 1/2" size for small stock, 3/4" for 3 1/2" stock, or 1" size for 4 1/2" and larger stock. Also, other sizes will be useful, if available.
  • A 240mm to 300mm rip or ryoba saw and a 210mm to 240mm dozuki, crosscut or ryoba saw.

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.

Price: $75.00
Getting Rid Of Tearout With Hand Planes - Nov 14, 2020
Getting Rid Of Tearout With Hand Planes - Nov 14, 2020
By Wilbur Pan

November 14, 2020 11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$75 non-members
$60 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 15 persons

Hands on class

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


Tearout is a fact of life when using hand planes. In this class, you will learn how to manage and eliminate tearout when using hand planes.

Topics covered include:

  • how to select and read a board to minimize tearout
  • how to set up and use a chipbreaker and why that works
  • techniques to use when planing a board.

Although this class is centered around Japanese planes, using these techniques with western planes will be discussed as well.

To enjoy the class, you will need your workbench, a board to practice on, and a plane (Japanese or western) with a blade that is well-sharpened.

Available Qty: 3
Price: $75.00
Kanna Tuning December 5 & 12, 2020
Kanna Tuning December 5 & 12, 2020

By Brian Holcombe

December 5 & 12
11-1pm PST / 2-4 EST

$150 non-members
$120 members (use discount code from newsletter)

Limited to 15 persons

2-day hands-on class


Day 1: Focuses on preparing the blade and chip breaker utilizing the technique of ura-dashi. Ura-dashi, also known as tapping out, allows us to form the back of the plane and chip breaker flat. This is followed by detailed step by step of sharpening by hand, without fixtures, using water stones.

Day 2: Covers the process of bedding the blade followed by installing the chip breaker and tuning the dai sole for finish planing.

Have your own plane and tools ready--you can ask questions during the class.

Price: $150.00
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