Kumiko Wall Art

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Project by Schnur posted 09-06-2019 01:56 PM 1485 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wouldn’t woodworking be much easier if we all had shops filled with only the latest and greatest high end machines of our dreams? Unfortunately, this is almost never the case. This hobby is usually filled with many hardware limitations, but it’s our job to work around them and make due with what we have.
A year ago, I was stationed overseas in Japan and lost access to the power tools that I was used to using. I was only able to ship 600 pounds of household goods over, and even though I chose to have over 400 pounds of my allotted goods be tools, it was still a far cry from what I had become accustomed to. Yes, the woodshops on the bases had a lot of heavy duty equipment and tools, but they were hardly accurate or precise due to the extreme use that other people had put them through. Additionally, I knew I would only be able to ship so much back to the states when I moved back, so large projects were out of the question. So how was I to continue my most treasured hobby?
After seeings pictures of kumiko in a Fine Woodworking magazine, I was immediately hooked. I told myself I would dedicate my time in Japan to learning this traditional Japanese craft. It wouldn’t require much more than a table saw and some sharp hand tools, so this was perfect for what I had available to me.
After countless failed projects and frustration, I started to succeed in putting together these patterns, each of them usually taking a weekend each to complete. I am very pleased with my progress and probably would have never attempted such a skill without the limitations I was presented with!


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#1 posted 09-06-2019 02:14 PM

All are very beautiful and well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 09-06-2019 02:43 PM

very’s funny how life has a way of taking us to places we would never have gone on our say this turn in life was a good one.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 09-06-2019 04:14 PM

Wow! Nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-06-2019 07:26 PM

Well done. Kumiko is on my list of upcoming projects. I only hope I am worthy.

-- Brian, Calgary

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#5 posted 09-06-2019 07:38 PM

These are beautiful. Also, looks hard to do. Nice job

-- Petey

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#6 posted 09-06-2019 10:04 PM

Beautifully done!

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 09-07-2019 12:41 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 09-07-2019 03:32 AM

Amazing job on those. Excellent !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 09-08-2019 12:49 AM

Beautiful work. Excellent type of woodworking to do with a smallish subset of tools.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 09-08-2019 10:12 AM

Lot of patience is needed to make such artistic work!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-08-2019 12:57 PM

I like this! Nice work.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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