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Intro to Japanese Joinery – Live Online

Oct 17, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $30 – $125


Dylan Iwakuni

Dylan Iwakuni, Japanese joinery instructor


Kane Tsugi  with Dylan Iwakuni

Live & On-Line

Japan has a long history of building structures using the abundance of wood found throughout the land.  The wood was cut into unique and complex joints, allowing the wood to join with each other, without the help of metal hardware and in many cases no glue. These joineries have been refined over time and are still used being used to this day.

This is a singular opportunity to learn from a Japanse craftsman, from the comfort of your home or workshop.

Learn along with other woodworkers as you participate in this live video conference class taught by Dylan Iwakuni while you chat with your classmates from around the nation and world in real-time.  There is a lot of interaction, and you’ll get to watch and engage with Dylan as he leads you through the process of cutting these Japanese joints using only handtools.  Dylan will be leading this from his workshop in Japan.

The class is split into manageable sections of approximately two hours online followed by work periods where you will work at your own pace.

During this class, we will go over a traditional joinery called Kane Tsugi in Japanese. It is a type of miter joint, with a pin pulling the two materials tight. It is a joinery used in fine furniture. The techniques learned here can be applied to other joineries and will help improve your precision. We will be working entirely with hand tools and it does not require a big workshop or space.

You will learn to:

  • Mark accurate lines.
  • Use the saw and chisel to work efficiently.
  • Pare accurately using a chisel.
  • Make the pin function properly to pull the materials tight.

Open from beginners wanting to make their first Japanese joinery to those looking to step up their joinery making skills.

Tools & Materials Needed: 

Carpenters square.
Pencil to mark the lines.
24mm chisel back flat/edge sharp) or a similar size.
6mm (1/4″) chisel (back flat/edge sharp) or a similar size (if you have other sizes, prepare those too)
Refer to this video on sharpening a Japanese chisel.
Hammer for striking the chisel.
Saw for finer work. Around 210mm or 8 inches in length.
Spray bottle filled with water.
1 clamp (to clamp the jig on top of the material on the table).

Other highly recommended tools:
45 degrees set square
Paring Chisels (around 24mm or 1″ and 6mm or 1/4″)

Try squares
Smaller squares
Check out the list of tools here: Tool Resources

Other Chisels choices to review Hilda Tools


3 pieces of wood milled flat and square:

  • 2 pieces of 24mm x 50mm x 200mm (1″x 2″ x 8″)
  • 24mm x 50mm x 150mm (1″x 2″ x 6″) (jig)
  • A hardwood pin – 8mm x 8mm x 80mm (5/16″ x 5/16″ x 3″)

The wood for your joints can be any material as long as it’s easy to work with avoid ones with knots or cracks 

Need Materials?  There is an option to have just the lumber for the class mailed to you below..

Class Schedule & Times

The class is broken up into sections over two days. Plan on attending all of them all, just like you would in real-time.

Saturday, October 17th, 6 pm – 8 pm EDT

Sunday, October  18th, 6 pm – 8 pm EDT

All times are shown in EDT  Eastern Daylight Time, United States

Want to check what time the class is in your time zone? CHECK MY TIMEZONE


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