Students will learn to sharpen woodworking chisels and plane blades, as well as pocket knifes and kitchen knifes using Japanese water stones. Waterstones enable you to get the sharpest edge in an efficient and clean manner. No messy oil or grinding down your tools! Tool sharpening with waterstones is a fundamental part of Japanese woodworking.
Japanese Woodworking Introduction
You will gain a broad understanding of how Japanese woodworking distinguishes itself from Western approaches during this two hour talk and demonstration. The session will include an overview of traditional hand tools used in a range of work scale, from making small objects to full size timber frame building.
Dovetails with Japanese Tools
This corner stone joint of western woodwork has also been used in the Japanese tradition for a long time. Class we will cover: sizing, proportioning, choice of angle, layout and cutting as well as where to use dovetails.You will see examples of full, half blind and blind dovetails.
Kitchen Knife Sharpening with Japanese Waterstone
In this class you will learn how to redress an abused cutting edge as well as how to routinely maintain a good edge on your knifes using user friendly Japanese water stones.
Japanese Joinery Mortises & Tenons
In this one day class we will explore the many variations of the most fundamental woodworking joint, the Mortice and Tenon! Such variations will be: The blind, The through, The wedged, The pinned, The tusked and The Fox.