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
Dimension Lumber by Hand - Andrew Hunter - April 24, 2021
Dimension Lumber by Hand - Andrew Hunter - April 24, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

April 24, 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.



Dimension Lumber by Hand

Learning to dimension lumber by hand is a most fundamental skill, right up there with sharpening! In this live, beginner level zoom class Andrew will take you through the steps to flatten, square and smooth any sized board. He will demonstrate the process with three Japanese hand planes, a rough, a jointer and a smoother and will describe how each is tuned differently depending on the task. Even if you use western planes the principals Andrew will demonstrate are universal. He will show you how to use winding sticks to judge flatness, give you tips for reading the grain and will demonstrate the planing process in a variety of wood species and figure. This is going to be a great class, so sign up to watch the shavings fly!

Please note that this is a lecture-based class. Tools are not required, and instead students are encouraged to observe and ask questions. 

Price: $75.00
Kanna Setup - Andrew Hunter - May 8, 2021
Kanna Setup - Andrew Hunter - May 8, 2021

By Andrew Hunter

May 08, 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.

Kanna Setup

In this live zoom class Andrew 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. Andrew will then take students through each step in tuning up a new 54mm Yamamato 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. Andrew 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 2-3 hours, so Andrew is not expecting students to follow along with their own plane; rather he is hoping for plenty of questions and a thoughtful discussion. A video of the session will be available to all attendees for two weeks following the class.

Price: $75.00
Basic Construction Joinery Techniques - Dale Brotherton - May 1, 2021
Basic Construction Joinery Techniques - Dale Brotherton - May 1, 2021

By Dale Brotherton

May 1, 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.

Dovetail Joinery

In this class Dale will lead students through layout and cutting of a Housed Beam Dovetail. Both entirely hand cutting and pre-drilling methods will be covered. Students are welcome to follow along with their own tools and wood stock:

  • Material: Two short pieces (minimum 2.5" up to 6" thick) of 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 270mm 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 is the second in a series on Japanese post and beam construction joints. The third class in June will cover splice joints. Each can be joined separately.

Price: $75.00
SHOP TOUR and Tool Talk - Scott Wynn - May 15, 2021
SHOP TOUR and Tool Talk - Scott Wynn - May 15, 2021

By Scott Wynn

May 15, 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.

SHOP TOUR and Tool Talk

Let’s talk tools! Join me for a tour of my shop, where we can take a brief look at some of my projects and the shop’s setup, and then spend time comparing Japanese, Chinese, and Western style hand tools. I have an extensive collection to show you.

In particular, we’ll look at and compare Japanese bench planes, with a closer look at the less well-known Japanese joinery planes: rabbet, side rabbet, moving fillister, chamfer, plough and dado, and shaping planes. We can discuss important differences between Japanese and Western saws (there’s more to it than just cutting on the pull!), with important tips on sharpening Japanese saws. Benches, vices, and holding devices, including shooting boards, will also be discussed, plus demonstrating a knockdown Japanese-style bench that I use on site and in the shop. As this will be mostly a question and answer seminar, any topic related to Japanese tools can be discussed, as time will allow.

A professional woodworker for over 50 years, I have used Japanese planes and tools for more than 45 of those years. I have since written 5 books on hand planes, with one focused solely on Japanese planes, and a second which includes an in-depth look at Japanese joinery planes as part of an overview of joinery planes in general. I currently use over 65 Japanese planes, including bench, shaping and joinery planes, all purchased or made one at a time as needed over the years.

Price: $40.00
Chisel Setup - Brian Holcombe - May 22, 2021
Chisel Setup - Brian Holcombe - May 22, 2021

By Brian Holcombe

May 22nd, 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.

Chisel Setup

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

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

Available Qty: 10
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
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
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
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
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
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