Kumiko Workshop

Kumiko Workshop



Instructor:  Craig Vandall Stevens

  • March 30 - 31, 2019  9am - 4pm (weekend)

  • November 2 - 3, 2019 9am - 4pm (weekend)

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, such as our Andon - Traditional Japanese Lamp class, scheduled for November 16 - 17, 2019.

To make kumiko with the needed accuracy requires special jigs to achieve the precise angles, so PFW will supply each student with the needed jigs. These jigs will be made available for sale.

Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch.

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PFW has a wide assortment of tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing Japanese tools from Hida Tool as well as Tools for Working Wood and Lee Valley/Veritas.