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    Introduction to Japanese Tools and Kumiko course

    Week-Long Japanese Tools and Kumiko Intensive at the Sturt Craft School Winter School

    Cnr Range Rd & Waverley Pde Mittagong NSW 12 - 15 June 2021

    Cost: $1045 (including chisel and plane to take home at the end of the course)

    5 days: Monday June 28 - Friday July 2, 2021 Times: 9am to 4pm

    Positions open: 25 March Confirmation date: 14 May - Sturt will confirm class will go ahead based on booking numbers

    Location: Sturt Craft School, Mittagong, NSW

    Teachers: Jason Bennett of WIGWOOD + Christian Timbs of Japanese Tools Australia

    Bookings: Can be made by visiting the Sturt School for Wood, go to Education, Winter school, Adult courses, course 13, Wood - Make a Kumiko Clock

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    Day 1 - Introduction and Tuning of Japanese Tools

    We begin with perhaps the most important day of the course, as students are introduced to the plane and the chisel that they will be using to build their projects for the duration of the week. Students will be walked through the complete process of tuning their tools, with time spent practicing hand-sharpening on Japanese waterstones. Students will complete the day with a strong understanding of the principles of Japanese tools' manufacture and use, as well as two new tools, razor sharp and ready to tackle the next day's work.

    Day 2 - Basic Joinery using Japanese Tools - Mini-Toolbox

    The second day of the course brings a new challenge, with a simple joinery project taking up the job sheet. Japanese-style tool boxes have enjoyed a renaissance in popularity recently, given their simple design and clever closing mechanism. Today will be spent building a small wooden tool box sized perfectly to carry and protect your new chisel and plane. This project is designed to familiarise students with the processes of marking accurately, sawing precisely using Japanese saws, and finishing timber to a lustrous sheen with a Japanese plane. Students will complete day 2 of the course with a fresh confidence in their hand skills and familiar with the techniques needed to get good results from Japanese tools.

    Day 3 - Basic Kumiko Course - Asa-No-Ha Coaster

    The real fun begins! Students will use Japanese hand tools in making the famous Japanese Asa-No-Ha (Hemp leaf) Kumiko pattern. Students will be taught the traditional hand-tooled method of making the square Jigumi grid which is the base pattern for all square-type Kumiko patterns.

    Day 4 - Intermediate Kumiko Course - Kumiko Clock Part 1

    Now familiar with the principles of kumiko, students will use Japanese hand tools to begin making the Kumiko clock that will occupy days 4 and 5 of the course. Students will be taught the traditional hand tool method of making the more complicated hexagonal Jigumi grid, which is the base pattern for all hexagonal type Kumiko patterns. Students will also be introduced to more advanced Japanese hand tools and jigs used to assist them.

    Day 5 - Intermediate Kumiko Course - Kumiko Clock Part 2

    The final day of the course sees the completion of the kumiko clock. Besides putting the finishing touches on their time piece, this is a day for students to tie up any loose ends from the other portions of the course. The afternoon of Day 5 sees students packing away their tuned tools, new tool box, Kumiko coaster and Kumiko clock. With this amount of hand-tooled woodworking in a 5-day course, we hope you feel excited to apply the techniques learned with us in your next project!

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