Netsuke - A Further Exploration with Hape Kiddle (February)

$200 AUD

Please note that the above amount is a Deposit Only.

To make a small thing beautifully is a big undertaking.

Japanese Tools Australia is proud to welcome back Hape Kiddle to our workshop for a four day course on Netsuke carving. This longer format course will build upon and out from Hape's popular two-day course, which he ran in 2019.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to carve with Hape will be aware that his work is underpinned by his own unique philosophies connected to culture, place, material and form. In this long-format course, Hape will spend time with students exploring their own philosophies, ideas and values how these connect with their carving work. For those looking for extra motivation, enjoyment and meditation in their carving, these conversations promise to be fruitful and fascinating.

Toolmaking is another important aspect of Hape's carving practice, and when working on very fine pieces with a very specific vision, it is quite common to find that a commercially made carving tool is either not available to meet Hape's needs, or indeed non-existent. Hape makes his own carving tools from HSS drill bits, and students will get the chance to make their own tools with his advice and guidance.

Hape will also spend extra time developing the form of the netsuke with the class. As with the two day course, a fish is the subject matter for the class. Further time will be taken exploring possibilities for the form, with Hape discussing the skills related to seeing subject matter in a way that is truly useful to carvers.

Cost: $980. Spots in the course can be secured with a $200 deposit above.

Dates: Saturday Februay 22 to Tuesday February 25. 10am to 5pm.

Students will be provided with lunch and refreshments each day.

If you prefer to bring your own carving tools you are welcome to, and we will have a selection of core tools available for use or purchase on the day.

A $200 deposit above will secure a spot in this course. Full payment will be required before the commencement of the course, with flexible payment options available. Class size will be firmly capped at 10 students.

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3kg: $24

4kg: $28

5kg: $32

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<5kg: $70.75

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