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Intro To Japanese Joinery | Chris Giffrow

July 20 - July 21 | 9:00 - 4:30 $550.00
Japanese Joinery
Chris Giffrow
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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.

Class Time

Workshop Days:     Saturday – Sunday
Instruction Time:    9:00am – 4:00pm
School Opens:.      8:30am -4:30 pm

Tools You Will Need

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Tuition & Materials:

Materials Fee:
One-time registration fee

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July 20 @ 9:00 am
July 21 @ 4:30 pm
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