Japanese woodworking is known for its precision, delicacy, and beauty. My dream is to make Japanese woodworking more accessible to foreign people. I personally find great enjoyment working with wood, and I would love to share the experience, the knowledge, and the skills with the world. In this experience, you will learn how to use Japanese woodworking tools. I will explain the purpose of the tools and show you how to use them. * We also offer a two hour course on this topic, "Experience Woodworking Tools!". With the new knowledge in hand, I will take you to a local store where craftsmen buy their tools. You can learn more at the store—and, if you wish, you can buy tools there. Then we'll return to my workshop to practice with your new tools—or simply borrow mine—to gain a basic understanding of how to set, sharpen, and maintain them. we will discuss about Japanese architecture, design, and answer any questions you may have.
I am a traditional Japanese carpenter with over 19 years of experience, and I run my own construction firm in Kyoto. I specialize in renovating traditional houses. My past work includes working for the Ise Grand Shrine, the spiritual home of the Shinto religion. I enjoy working with wood using traditional hand tools and Japanese joinery.
Various woodworking tools
This experience will take place at my woodworking workshop, where I usually work. We will also visit a local tool store.
The only thing to bring is a desire to learn! If you have your own hand tools, feel free to bring it along!
If you have specific woodworking tools you want to know about, please tell me in advance. Please arrange for your own transportation to and from the workshop.