Kumiko: Learn Traditional Japanese Woodworking
What you'll learn
- Learn the traditional Japanese craft of Kumiko. The asa-no-ha motif is featured.
- Detailed steps to create the pattern are demonstrated and described.
- The Kumiko panels are created using several hand tools and some machinery in initial wood preparation.
- Follow me as I demonstrate the steps in creating a striking Kumiko panel you can incorporate in a piece of furniture, wall panel, or Shoji screen.
- You will be familiar with Kumiko after this course and can expand into other Kumiko patterns.
- Start Woodworking (eBook, $15) included with course
- Woodworking skills (cutting, trimming wood) necessary. One large (wide) chisel and backsaw necessary
- You can have the Guide Block blanks prepared for you and assemble them. Pre-cut and dimensioned Kumiko strips are also available at large woodworking retailers.
Learn the traditional Japanese woodworking craft of Kumiko. The asa-no-ha motif is featured. Detailed steps to create the pattern are demonstrated and described. Guide Block plan and Bench Hook plan included with course. Elevate your woodworking aesthetic by incorporating Kumiko into furniture or wall art. The Kumiko panels are created using several hand tools. There is some machinery in initial wood preparation. Follow me as I demonstrate the steps in creating a striking Kumiko panel you can incorporate in a piece of furniture, wall panel, or Shoji screen.
Kumiko is a centuries old woodworking tradition. With a relatively small investment of basswood, a chisel, small saw and guide blocks, you can begin to create Kumiko panels. The panels can be hung from a wall as decorative pieces or incorporated into a furniture design. Kumiko decorative panels are the ideal conversation piece and will demonstrate your newly developed woodworking skills. Creating Kumiko is a relaxing process that will expand your creativity and provide quick, tangible results at the end of a few hours.
Start Woodworking (eBook, 115 pgs. $15) included with the Kumiko Course
The topics covered in this 10-part Kumiko course:
1. Introduction and history of Kumiko
2. Components of a Kumiko panel
3. Wood preparation of Kumiko components
4. Detailed video of Kumiko creation process
5. Detailed steps to create guide blocks
6. Techniques to simplify Kumiko making
7. Incorporating a Kumiko panel in furniture
8. Thicknessing sled
9. Bench hook project
Who this course is for:
- If you are interested in expanding your woodworking skills and learning the traditional Japanese craft of Kumiko, this course is for you. Creating unique Kumiko patterns, this course will introduce you to the basics. You can then move on to other patterns or simply continue to create the Asa-no-ha patter (snowflake) pattern.
- Learn how to incorporate Kumiko into your woodworking furniture projects or simply create decorative panels to hang on a wall.
I design + make furniture as a woodworker and furniture maker at Refined Edge Design and Pirollo Design. With an education in cabinetmaking, I offer 25+ years of expertise in working with wood. Studies were completed at a fine furniture school to further my furniture making and woodworking skills. I enjoy challenging myself with new techniques and processes. My furniture studio has a mix of hand tools, machinery and power tools. The emphasis is on a hybrid use of both hand tools and power tools and the processes to make woodworking more efficient.
In recent years, my award-winning furniture has been featured in the following books: Studio Furniture: Today's Leading Woodworkers, Wood Art Today 2, 500 Cabinets, Rooted as well as Fine Woodworking Magazine and various international magazines. As well, I have been nominated as a finalist for a NICHE 2013 Award. In recent years, five of my own books have been published including "Quiet Woodworking: In An Unquiet World", "Woodworking: From Design to Making", "Start Your Own Woodworking Business", "The Wood Artist" and "From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker's Journey". I currently operate my furniture design studio in a country setting outside Ottawa, Ontario where I teach woodworking skills, create woodworking instructional courses through WoodSkills, as well as designing and creating fine furniture.