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Japanese Woodworking Seminar October 31, 2015, Oakland CA

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Schedule for Kezurou-Kai USA 10/31/2015

  • 9:00-9:15: Karl Bareis: Opening Greeting
  • Ongoing: S. Oyama: Plastering Demonstration
  • 9:15-10:30: Jay Van Arsdale (Part 1): Basic Joinery Cutout Techniques
    • Toby Hargreaves and Mark Van Haltern: Hip Rafter Corner Joinery
    • David Bassing: Sharpening and Blade “Back” Conditioning
  • 10:30-12:00: Jay Van Arsdale (Part 2): High Angle Planing for Difficult Woods
    • Matt Connerton: Chisels or “Nomi-nomics”
    • Ryosei Kaneko (Part 1): Roof Layout and Use of Japanese Square
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch Break
  • 1:00-2:00: Mike Laine: Planes and Planing
    • Ryosei Kaneko (Part 2): Layout Table and Irregular Timbers
    • Jay Van Arsdale (Part 3): Chisel and Plane Blade Maintenance
  • 2:00-2:20: Karl Bareis: Explanation of Kezurou-Kai USA and 2016 Event
  • 2:30-3:45: Planing Competition
  • 3:45-4:00: Karl Bareis: Closing Remarks
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$40 entrance fee, $20 students

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Yestermorrow School

Yestermorrow Design/Build School

One of the most common questions we get asked is “How do I learn how to build a tiny home?” A very superior answer would be the Yestermorrow School in Waitsfield, Vermont offering over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft including a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design and green building. Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country.
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Making Your Own Knives

When I was at the Mother Earth News Faire in Pennsylvania a few months ago, I bought a handmade knife from a mountain man — a guy who dressed in buckskins and made a variety of hunting, trapping, and outdoor tools. The blade was carbon steel, which I prefer over stainless steel. It’s softer and easier to sharpen, even if you have to care for it so that it doesn’t rust.

He told me that it was a Russell Green River blade, so I tracked it down, and ordered about half a dozen different shaped blades (from TrackOfTheWolf.com); they’re pretty inexpensive, $9-$10 each. I made the first one in the last few days with some manzanita wood I gathered (and dried out) a year or so ago. It’s a bit crude, but I learned a lot and am going to make handles for some paring and skinning knives.

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New Book of Godfrey Stephens' Art Just Published

5A37BBA4-A68D-4B97-9186-C73FFDB0B3FBAt long last a book documenting the art of Godfrey Stephens has been published, and it’s stunning. Godfrey has been painting, drawing, carving, and assembling all his life (he’s now 70), and his niece Gurdeep Stephens has performed a Herculean task of sifting through a blizzard of Godfrey’s art to assemble this collection. Oh yes, he’s also built over a dozen sailboats.

I’m hardly an objective observer: I’ve known Godfrey and his art since meeting him on a Mexican beach in 1964, and he’s a dear friend. I’ve never been able to figure out why he isn’t world-famous. The quantity and quality of his output is staggering. And his energy: there are almost 800 emails in my “Stephens” mailbox, over 600 photos in my “Stephens” photo folder. How Gurdeep ever prevailed to assemble this excellent collection is beyond me. High five! Read More …

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North House Folk School

www.northhouse.org:If only I didn’t live so far away from The North House Folk School, I’d be hanging around there a lot. The number of classes they have is amazing. Birchbark canoes, blacksmithing, tool making, timber framing, fiber arts, on and on. I’m just looking at one page, and I’d take the class on making a crooked knife, and another on sharpening. Read More …

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