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Tuning and Using Japanese Tools

Japanese Tools

Instructor - Craig Vandall Stevens 

  • May 5 - 6, 2018  9 am - 4 pm


Japanese hand tools have a long and amazing history in helping craftsmen create exquisite hand-planed wooden surfaces and precise, hand-cut joinery. The goal of this hands-on workshop is to explore the traditions and techniques used in working with high-quality Japanese planes, chisels and saws, and help to make Japanese tools a functional part of your workshop. Topics will include selection, preparation and use of Japanese chisels and smoothing planes, as well as dozuki dovetail saws, ryoba crosscut/ripping saws and layout tools. Special emphasis will be placed on proper sharpening techniques using water stones. The correct use of the wide range of specialty planes, spokeshaves and marking gauges will also be covered.

Following the preparation and tuneup of chisels and planes, participants will practice using the tools, learn to adjust their planes for producing fine, consistent surfaces and review techniques for getting the best results from their efforts. A wide range of Japanese specialty tools will be demonstrated.

Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch.

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