Book: Sharpening and the Japanese Hand Plane (Please scroll to the bottom of the page)
TAKUMI COMPANY offers full service Woodworking and Construction in top quality, authentic Japanese style. This includes initial consultation, design, engineering and building. Our projects range in size from door and furniture items to whole house construction.
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Many people express an interest in learning the craft of Japanese Carpentry. In response Dale Brotherton, owner of Takumi Company occasionally leads workshops to provide introductions to this ancient craft. Classes conducted in the past years have included projects to build Entry frames, small roofed structures, and saw-horses. The classes thoroughly cover sharpening and setting up of Japanese hand tools including hand planes.
The first 2022 class in Port Townsend took place in April. This beginners class focused on tool setup and making a tool box. Another beginners class will occur in November. Also in November an advanced class covering basic joint cutout and tool use is scheduled. These classes will be repeated in 2023. Our long range goal is to offer an extended multiple week construction class in either 2024 or 2025 for graduates of the two one week courses..
In addition we have a very special event planned to coincide with the courses in Port Townsend. Hideta Kitazawa, a professional temple carver, will travel from Tokyo to lead a one week workshop in Noh mask carving. This is a rare opportunity well worth taking advantage of. Please check out the Port Townsend School of Woodworking website for more details. Kitazawa-san’s class was postponed due to international travel restrictions, but is currently scheduled for November 2022.
Although there is no substitute for undergoing a full apprenticeship to learn Japanese Carpentry, these classes provide invaluable information on basic setup and use of Japanese tools, along with joint cutting techniques. The tools and knowledge gained can readily be applied to any style of fine woodworking. It is also recommended that aspiring apprentices first participate in a class to get a feeling for what the work involves. View the link at the right for more discussion on apprenticeships.
Those interested in Japanese woodworking tools and particularly hand planes should consider attending the annual “Kezurou-kai” gathering. These events have been ongoing in Japan for many years. Kezuroukai-USA has sponsored annual events since 2015. The past two years have been cancelled, but we are looking forward to a restart as soon as possible. In the meantime some online workshops are being offered. An annual sister event in New York sponsored by Mokuchi has also been on hold until further notice. Participants and observers alike are welcome to the events, regardless of your experience. Please follow the links to the right.
For those interested in preservation of traditional rural homes in Japan the “Kominka Collective” is a group devoted to saving and restoring homes slated for demolition that would otherwise be lost. Losing these treasures is unfortunately a common occurrence in Japan. For more information on how you can participate and even acquire one of these homes for yourself visit: https://www.kominkacollective.com/