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


Kumiko Building Class

Instructor:  Craig Vandall Stevens

Maximum Class Size: 12


Part of the charm of many Japanese homes are the sliding shoji doors which serve as room partitions, providing privacy and creating an even, gentle light. Shoji doors are often beautifully decorated with kumiko, a lattice-work of carefully fitted, narrow pieces of wood that create repeating patterns. An amazing array of designs have traditionally been used in kumiko work, ranging from simple rectangular patterns to very complex designs that truly test the craftsperson's skill, patience and imagination.

Our 2-day kumiko workshop instructs students in the techniques, tools and jigs involved in accurately making kumiko. Participants will learn to make the exacting cuts required to create traditional patterns such as the hemp-leaf (asa no ha) and the four-leaf pattern (yotsuba izutsu tsugi), both shown here and frequently used in shoji making. The course provides an excellent foundation for creating additional patterns at home and for future PFW classes that will use kumiko as a decorative technique.

To make kumiko with the needed accuracy requires special jigs to achieve the precise angles, so PFW will supply each student with the 4 needed angle jigs (using both ends of two jigs), and this cost is included in the course fee.

Cost: $450 (including lunch and materials)

Here is the tool list.

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.


  • September 30 and October 1, 2017 - days


Kumiko - under construction!  In the upper portion of this shot is the hemp leaf pattern; the four leaf pattern is in the lower portion.

Hemp leaf pattern (asa no ha)

Four leaf pattern (yotsuba izutsu tsugi)

This one of the double ended paring jig, to be supplied by PFW to each student.