Making a Folding Shoji or Room Divider
This course solves the mystery. Japanese tools don’t look like western tools because they are meant to be used somewhat differently. Once introduced to these techniques, you will find that the design of Japanese tools is not only logical but also very efficient. For instance, Japanese saws and hand planes are meant to be pulled toward the body rather than pushed away from yourself. This means that you become more centered and controlled during each pass, rather than shifting yourself off-balance. With the saws, a pull stroke allows use of a much thinner blade, which makes a narrower kerf, but also requires less effort to use.
In response to requests from Carl’s past students who wish to return we are introducing a different project for this summer’s Japanese Woodworking class. Class participants will make a free-standing shoji screen, with double hinges between the sections, and a washi paper covering. Students will design their own projects, within parameters of size, complexity and individual work skills. Although the shoji is a specialized piece of furnishing, many aspects of the construction are fully applicable to making other types of furniture. The class is suitable for beginning and more advanced woodworkers.
The tuition for
this 6 day class is $1050. This includes materials, meals and lodging.
Because tool preparation and sharpening is a major component of the process,
students bring their own basic set of tools to this course. This includes:
3 chisels, a hand plane, a set of Japanese water stones, and measuring/layout
tools. We will help with suggestions on how to keep costs reasonable,
and to prevent mistaken purchases.