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Japanese Woodworking: Basics

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Bellingham Makerspace

1000 F Street

Technology Development Center

Bellingham, WA 98225

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Intro to Traditional Japanese Hand Tools (18+ years old)

Some regard Japanese carpentry and hand tools as the epitome of woodworking craftsmanship. Made using ancient techniques, passed down countless generations, Japanese woodworking tools enable a level of precision unmatched by modern factory-made tools. Paired with compression fit techniques and hand plane finishes, the luster and value of Japanese carpentry stands the test of time and continues to inspire the craftsman spirit in all of us.

This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese hand tools. With one-on-one guidance from an experienced woodworking instructor, the student will make a small trivet that uses basic compression fit joinery techniques. They will learn how to plane the wood to square dimensions, layout the designs on the wood, and carefully cut the joinery to tight tolerances. All the work will be done with very sharp Japanese hand tools including the crosscutting pull saw, chisel, and hand plane. This class is the pre-requisite to other courses of Japanese carpentry that will be offered in the future. The price of $150 covers 3 two hour sessions using the instructor’s tools and materials.

Class schedule:

Jan 24 (Thursday): 5-7pm

Jan 25 (Friday): 5-7pm

Jan 26 (Saturday): 1-3pm



Instructor Bio

Ivan Schierling has studied Japanese carpentry for more than 10 years. As a student of Jay Van Arsdale with the Daiku Dojo in Oakland, CA, Ivan became entranced with the beauty and craftsmanship of woodworking with well-made hand tools. In 2011, he studied Japanese timber framing from Dale Brotherton, another well-known and accomplished craftsman, at a workshop with EcoNest in Ashland, OR. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Mathematics, focused in teaching, Ivan apprenticed with Paul Discoe and the San Francisco Zen Center to assist with the construction of a large 12-pillar entry gate to the Tassajara Zen Center in Big Sur, CA. Recently, Ivan volunteered with Dale Brotherton and his company Takumi Design, participating in various projects in Washington.

https://iischierling.wixsite.com/portfolio

http://wannabecraftsman.blogspot.com/


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