At Suikoushya in Kyoto, Japan, we teach traditional Japanese woodworking in English.
Since the opening of Suikoushya International Craft School, I have been 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 2024, I will be teaching in MONPAZIER France!


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 2024, a Japanese woodworking school will be held in MONPAZIER France.

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 outline: 1-month Japanese woodworking classes 

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: 5 pax. 

Classes are from Monday to Friday. 9 am to 5 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; 6,000


2024 Schedule:

Monday, May 20 – Friday, June 14


Street address;MONPAZIER


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.