At Suikoushya in Kyoto, Japan, we teach traditional Japanese woodworking in English.

About three years after the opening of the Suikoushya International Craft School, I was able to share woodworking with people all over the world.

However, some people find it difficult to come to Japan due to physical and financial constraints.

So I’m going around the world to share woodworking.

In 2022, I will be teaching in Île de France, just outside of Paris!

Now it is possible to learn fine Japanese woodworking outside of Japan!

What we need is our spirits of making beautiful things and enjoying carpentry, and skills adjusting the “tools” with our hands.

I teach with a particular emphasis on these two.

In 2022, a Japanese woodworking school will be held in Île de France. The course will be held in a town about 1 hour away from Paris.

Since it is centrally located in Europe, more people from around the world will be able to join the school.

I am looking forward to sharing Japanese woodworking with you in France!

 

 School course outline: 1-month course 

Introduction to Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. An introduction to Japanese woodworking tools
  2. Basics of using Japanese Hand tools.
  3. Sharpening tools.
  4. Setting up Nomi(chisels)and Kanna (hand planes).
  5. How to handle trees

 

Using Japanese Woodworking Tools:  

  1. Making a sharpening stone base.
  2. Making a tools box.

 

Making Japanese Joinery: 

  1. Watariago.
  2. Hozo Ana and Hozo (Mortise and Tenon)
  3. Arishiguchi
  4. Ari Tsugi (Dovetail).  
  5. Kama Tsugi.
  6. Sachi Tsugi.
  7. Okkake-Daisen Tsugi.
  8. Kanawa Tsugi.
  9. Dai-Mochi Tsugi.
  10. Okuri Ari.

*Students may not complete all of the joineries listed above. The number of joineries completed will depend on the individual’s speed. 

 

Getting familiar with a Kanna:    

  1. Making a Kanna Dai.
  2. Using a Kanna, making a flat surface.  
  3. Challenge getting thin shavings.

 

The maximum number of students: 4 pax. 

Classes are from Monday to Friday. 9 am to 3 pm.  

Students can question the teacher until 5 pm.  

The school workspace can be used every day (including weekends) from 8 am to 8 pm.

 

 Tuition fee; 4.790,00€

(If you are unable to attend the class due to COVID 19, you will receive a full refund regardless of the cancellation policy.)

 

2022 Schedule:

  • An advanced course (construction of a real school) will be held from February to May. More information coming soon.
  • The course of June : June 6th-July 1st
  • The course of July : July 11th-August 5th
  • The course of August : August 15th-September 9th
  • The course of October : September 19th-October 14th
  • The course of November: October 24-November 18
  • The course of December: November 28-December 23

 

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Notes

This place is privately owned, so please refrain from entering and exiting freely until the day of admission. If you would like to visit, please be sure to contact us in advance.