5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Andon -- Making a Traditional Japanese Lamp

Instructor - Craig Vandall Stevens
Class Size: 12 max. approx.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Four days

Capture the clean lines and simple beauty of Japanese woodworking by making a traditional Andon or Japanese lamp (pronounced ahn-dōhn). While the original, oil-lit style is no longer commonly used, modern Andon designs with electric fixtures are plentiful and offer a wide range of design possibilities and levels of complexity for woodworkers.


The construction of the Andon frame is very straight-forward in appearance, yet it's many small mortise & tenon joints, shallow rabbets and thin kumiko patterns (lattice-work) present a wonderful challenge. Working towards a level of high workmanship on small projects such as this can dramatically improve a craftsperson's skills.

Through one on one guidance, participants learn wood selection, joinery layout, mortise and tenon techniques, assembly of the lamp including the electric fixture and the traditional application of washi (Japanese paper). Each student's Andon can sit on the floor as a low lamp or be used on a table top.

This lamp project provides a nice starting point for lighting designs that students may want to make in the future.  Along with providing an introduction to Japanese woodworking, this class is an opportunity to make kumiko, the intricate grid-work patterns used in traditional shoji screens and doors.

This lamp may be built as a floor lamp (about 27-1/2" tall) or a table lamp (approx 13-1/2" tall).

The last portion of this course will focus on making a very simple kumiko grid pattern in the traditional manner.  A photo of this grid is on this page.  Students can later fill in with any one of a wide rage of kumiko patterns, and several are shown here. PFW will offer a kumiko weekend workshop the weekend of September 30-October 1.


Course Fee:  $800, including all materials.

There are three ways to register for this class. 
• One can click on the sign up button. 
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.

Here is the Tools List


  • August 28 - 31, 2017 (Mon. - Thurs.)


Floor and Tabletop Examples of Andon Lanterns

Simple kumiko grid

Four leaf kumiko

Hemp leaf kumiko