Past Classes

Past Classes

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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