Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)
Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)
Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)
Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)
Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)
Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)

Japanese Tools Australia

Sydney - Japanese Joinery Workshop with Suikoushya Carpentry Company (Deposit)

Regular price $870.00 AUD

Japanese Tools Australia is proud to announce that we will be hosting Japanese woodworking classes taught by Takami Kawai and Dylan Iwakuni of the Suikoushya International Craft School in April/May 2019.

Where: JTA Workshop - 29 Production Av, Kogarah NSW 2217
When: Friday April 26, Saturday April 27, Sunday April 28 - 10am to 5pm
Cost: $870 (position securable with $200 deposit)
Includes: Chisel, plane and ryoba saw (read below), lunch each day

Course Details

In this course students will be given the necessary knowledge to properly set up, tune and maintain the core tools of a Japanese craftsperson's toolkit, with a focus on correct sharpening technique. They will then be guided through the process of making their own Ari-Tsugi joint.

The first day of the course begins with an overview of Takami-san's toolkit, including the core working tools that are used at every stage of the construction of Suikoushya's traditional timber houses. Students are then provided their very own Aogami chisel made by the renowned Tomita san (now deceased) and instructed on how to properly prepare it for work, including setting the hoop, flattening the back and bringing the bevel to a super-fine edge. Students are also provided a 42mm plane and instructed in it's tuning.

The second and third days of the course are spent learning, marking and cutting out a traditional Japanese joint named an Ari-Tsugi. Used to join two square sections of timber end to end, the ari-tsugi is one of the joinery techniques the Suikoushya carpenters use most often due to its strength and aesthetics.

Students will learn to lay out accurately. Instruction is then given in the proper technique for accurate sawing, and for accurate excavating to the marked lines. Accurate and controlled paring cuts are essential to the quality of the joints' fit and students will also spend time mastering this skill. Once one half of this joint is marked and cut, students move on to it's second component and repeat the process, now with confidence in their skill at every step.

The ari-tsugi process can be seen on Suikoushya's instagram video, as well as their youtube videos (part 1 and part 2)

About the Teachers

Takami Kawai is a traditional Japanese carpenter and registered architect with over 17 years of experience in sustainable design and construction. Having graduated from Kagoshima University as a fully quilified architect, Takami-san also began to train as a carpenter while working on traditional thatched-roofed houses in Kyoto's Miyama village.

Takami san prides himself in creating living spaces focused on remaining in harmony with nature, and established Suikoushya as a design and construction firm. Suikoushya uses authentic traditional Japanese carpentry techniques, and specialises in the building and renovating of traditionally framed wooden houses and other culturally significant structures.

Through his passion for the techniques required to craft these elegant and specialised buildings, Takami san has also founded Suikoushya International Craft School. The Craft School hosts international students in Kyoto in both month-long and short-format courses to provide and share knowledge of traditional Japanese carpentry tools, their proper preparation and correct use. For such specialist courses to be taught regularly in English in Japan is hugely significant for the sharing of this special knowledge at an international scale.

Takami is ably supported by carpenter Dylan Iwakuni. As well as being a trained and accomplished carpenter in his own right, Dylan has been instrumental in documenting and explaining Suikoushya's craftsmanship for the benefit of woodworkers the world over.

Takami is a Japanese master craftsperson working in industry in Kyoto, and provides instruction in Japanese. Dylan's native command of English and Japanese allows him translate all i 3nstructions and explanations for English speaking students. Suikoushya classes go beyond pure technical training to give students the opportunity to work in and around Japanese language and culture. We know that once having experienced a three-day taste, students will be planning to enrol on Suikoushya's longer-form courses in Kyoto. For more information on those, click here.

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