An entry-level class centred on laying out and cutting traditional Japanese Carpentry Joints. The class will also show you how to develop better layout techniques which can be applied to modern furniture making as well as timber framing.
You will also learn the cultural significance of Japanese joinery as well as gain an appreciation for the beauty and artistry of the work.
You will cut two joints, one on each day. Each joint will be a traditional joint that is still utilized today. You will start with a pre-milled piece of wood, lay out each mating joint on both ends, and cut the joinery on each end. At the time of fitting, the wood will be cut in half so that the mating joints can be matched, mimicking the “job site” approach in Japanese Carpentry, where reference pieces cannot be used ala western dovetails.
The joints will be cut only utilizing hand tools, which will help you to develop better sawing and chiseling techniques.
Key Learning Points
History and use of Japanese joinery and hand tools
Understanding of centre line layout, usage of reference faces
Sawing, relief cutting, and chiseling techniques
Introduction to sharpening and tool maintenance
Students should at least have some woodworking experience, but beginner woodworkers are entirely capable of taking the course as it will touch on basic techniques. Most of the class can be done sitting down at the bench.