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Japanese Handtools & Joinery 日本の木工

Sep 18, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023 | 9:00 - 4:30
Japanese Joinery
Andrew Hunter
Inspired by the patience and dedication of a traditional Japanese apprenticeship, I embarked on a life-long journey to become a master furniture maker. Fifteen years ago I began my self-imposed apprenticeship with a minimal collection of Japanese hand tools to teach myself the fundamental skills of woodworking. I spent over a year on blade sharpening alone. Along the way I explored the woodworking traditions of Japan, China and Early America. I now integrate these influences with my own design aesthetic to create personal, one-of-a kind furniture pieces. My simple shop is a place of quiet solitude where I can be present with my work. Through the use of hand tools I create an intimate relationship with each piece of wood, combining my own spirit with that of the tree. I invest myself in the entire building process, from selecting wood from local sawmills to hand-forging my own hardware. It is this attention that gives a strong sense of presence to my work. Today, I combine the fundamental skills I have learned with the efficiency of modern power tools to create furniture of heirloom quality with the hope that one day it will inspire a new generation of craftsmen artists.
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Andrew Hunter

NOTE:   More details will be added to this class description after the 2022 October class. Andrew is trying a new format and would like that experience to be reflected in the 2023 class description.

The Way of Japanese Carpentry embodies more than just the technical aspects of woodworking.  It is a way of being led by the presence of the mind.  It is finding elegance in both the simple and complex.  If you look, beauty will be found in all things, from the uncomplicated toolbox to an exquisite temple.  In class, we will work with this intention and focus, building with a clear heart and mind for the joy of making itself.

Professional furniture maker and instructor Andrew Hunter will introduce students to this broader perspective of Japanese hand tool woodworking.  Starting with an introduction to the tools themselves- Japanese saws, planes, and chisels will all be covered in detail, with demonstrations and exercises on setting up, sharpening, and useful tips.

No experience with Japanese tools is needed for this class.

Students are encouraged to bring their own Japanese tools to class.  Andrew will offer feedback and assistance on getting them tuned and set up to work more efficiently.  Andrew will also have a selection of his own Japanese tools for students to try out.  If you don’t have your own Japanese tools (yet), no worries, bring what you have.

Please note that Andrew is offering a Japanese Hand Plane class the weekend before this one which includes a brand new, high-quality 54mm plane. It is an optional offering.  You do not have to take it to take this class.

Class Time

Workshop Days:     Monday to Friday
Instruction Time:    9:00am – 4:30pm
School Opens:.      8:30am – 5pm

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Tuition & Materials:

Materials Fee:
One-time registration fee




Sep 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am
Sep 22, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
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