Japanese Woodworking Oct 31st - Kezurou Kai Event - Oakland, CA

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Just saw this on another forum, and definitely am planning to attend, reposting for anyone else like me that was about to miss the news (the source is

Kezurou Kai 2015
ON OCTOBER 31, 2015
FROM 9:00 to 4:00
LAKESIDE PARK, Garden Center Building,
666 Bellevue Avenue
Entry Fees:
$40. Entrance fee includes one year membership in Kezuroukai-USA*
$20. Student rate with valid ID


Schedule for Kezurou-Kai USA 10/31/02015
9:00-915: 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
4:00-4:45: Clean up
Demonstrations and Demonstrator Bios:
Jay Van Arsdale: Part 1: Talk/demo covering the basic approach of using the 5 reductive processes with chisels and ryoba to make the shapes that define compression fit joinery. concepts and examples of bundling these simple processes into the complex shapes required and developed to make interlocking joinery members will be explored.
Part 2: Short discussion and demonstration of the effective use of high angle single blade planes for difficult grains in hard /soft woods. hands on time as time permits.
Part 3: Effective methods of URA DASHI- “tapping out” the hollow grind present in all laminated cutting tools needed to be restored after grinding has removed the ‘land’ on the back side of the blade. hands on time as time permits.
Jay Van Arsdale is a long time California Daiku inspired by Makoto Imai in the middle 1970’s. he is an instructor of traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery at Laney college in Oakland, author of many articles, books, tutorial dvds, and a contractor that lives in Oakland, Ca. He is the founder of Daiku Dojo and a member of the North American Japanese Garden Association, and a founding member of the organizing board of Kez-USA .
Toby Hargreaves and Mark Van Haltern: Hip Rafter Corner Joint
A demonstration and explanation of the cutout and layout of the busiest intersection of timberframe joinery
Toby and Mark are apprentice carpenters at Santa Cruz Timberframes, a design-build company specializing in timber framed structures from locally sourced redwood materials. Our work ranges from agricultural barns to custom homes to tea houses.
David Bassing: Sharpening and Blade “Back” Conditioning
Sharpening with water stones and conditioning and flattening the backside by tapping out and use of kanaban. If people bring blades that need work a hand crank grinder will be available to get the bevel established and further work on backside and sharpening will be done.
David has been a carpenter for over 40 years working first in western style building and then about 35 years ago Japanese timber frame techniques.
Matt Connorton: Chisels or “Nomi-nomics”
Nomi-nomics: getting the most from Japanese chisels a discussion regarding best practices for the care and use of Japanese chisels. Nomi (chisels) are the most basic, primitive tools on a carpenter’s tool kit. That being said, there is, as is so often the case, much more to them that meets the casual glance. In this talk I will discuss the various types of common nomi, how they are constructed and how to prepare them for use. I will provide handouts, including a sketch of nomi noting parts and considerations for set up and sharpening.
Matt Connorton is a lifelong woodworker who continues to happily struggle with all aspects of this craft. I hope you enjoy this struggle as well.
Ryosei Kaneko Part 1: Roof Layout and Use of the Japanese Square
Part 2: Layout table and Irregular Timbers
Using a story pole-table to layout round and irregular timbers in3-D position.
Ryosei Kaneko, originally from Yokohama, Japan, has been building everything from tea houses to timber frames around the US for more than 30 years. He has also taught numerous workshops on Japanese tool usage and layout techniques for the Kezurou-Kai and the TimberFramers Guild up and down the east and west coast.
Mike Laine: Planes and Planing
The Japanese hand plane has a reputation for being highly complicated, impossibly fussy, and very difficult to use. But really, how hard can it be, there’s only three parts? I would like to help de mystify this tool, and have you own it, rather than the other way around. We will explore the three parts, how to maintain them, and contemporary approaches to sharpening and use. Ever wondered if the plane is at the end of its evolution?
Mike Laine began using Japanese hand planes in 1976, and still does. He has done many hand plane workshops locally and around the country, including Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass CO., the Timber Framers Guild at various conferences, California College of Arts and Crafts, and at a local woodshop near you.
Karl Bareis Kezurou-Kai USA President, Karl’s been working with Japanese tools since his apprenticeship in 1973 with Nishimura Yoshiaki in Miyake-Hachiman, Kyoto. His apprenticeship included both forestry and carpentry, and he eventually connected in 1977 with Yasui, Kiyoshi, tea house designer. Work with the American Craft Council from 1978 and subsequent tours focused on traditional Japanese woodcraft. He now resides in Santa Cruz California where he focuses on sustainably harvested redwood, designing and building since 1984.

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 03:26 PM

That would be fun to go to. If I didn’t live in New Jersey… Hope you have fun

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