Japanese Woodworking course

Immerse yourself in a 3 day weekend of Japanese craft. 

Join master craft couple Madoka and Masashi Kutsuwa on a rare opportunity to learn unique Japanese woodworking and finishing techniques. During the course you will be taught the art of Urushi (lacquer) to create a natural, durable and waterproof wood finish. Learn to carve a Wagatabon, a traditional wooden hand gouged tray, which will be taught for the first time in the UK.

You will come away with a carved Wagatabon, spoon and   lacquered spatula.

Meet and learn from local makers; 

Felix Kary, Ambrose Vevers and Takahashi-Mcgill.

All tools and materials included, wholesome lunch each day and entry to the craft talk on Saturday evening. 

Open to all abilities. £220,  9:30am-5pm


Japanese craft talk & artisan gathering

Saturday 10th August, Ashburton 7-8:30pm

Join master craftsman Masashi Kutsuwa on his visit to the UK for an inspiring talk on the Japanese Arts-and-Crafts Movement and the “Van Gogh Chair”.

Masashi is a full-time woodwork teacher at Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture, and an organiser of green woodworking activities in Japan. 

A showcase of makers work will be on display:

Takahashi-Mcgil, Madoka Kutsuwa, Ambrose Vevers, Hilary Burns, Felix Kary

Authentic Japanese refreshments
£5 on the door. Under 16s free. Bring a cushion and warm clothes.

ambrosevevers@hotmail.com, 07816 899527

More course info.

Madoka Kutsuwa is a Japanese lacquer (urushi) artist who graduated from master degree of Tokyo Art University. She runs urushi class in Gifu, Japan for 20 years. Urushi, the sap of lacquer tree, is commonly used in Japan and Asian countries as a finishing material for wooden ware for thousands of years. It is highly durable to water, acid and alkali. Although raw sap is allergic to human skin, it is non-toxic and food safe once it is cured. Madoka teaches the basic knowledge about urushi and technique how to apply it on your wooden tablewares (spoons, bowls, plates).

Masashi Kutsuwa is a full-time woodwork teacher at Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture, and a promoter / organizer of green woodworking activities in Japan. He teaches wagatabon carving in between the lacquer application processes. Wagatabon is a type of wooden tray that used to be made by roof shingle makers in the snowy area of Japan. They were carved with simple tools, such as a flat chisel and round gouge. The brief history of Japanese green woodworking will be discussed during the course.

A 50% deposit of the price of the course (£110) is payable to book a place. Please phone or email Ambrose to check availability of places beforehand. 07816 899527 ambrosevevers@hotmail.com

BACS: Lloyds , Mr Timothy A Vevers, 30-98-69, 01871419. Cheques payable to T. A. Vevers, Cuddyford, Rew road, Ashburton, Newton Abbot Devon, TQ13 7EN

Payment will be acknowledged and the booking confirmed by email. The full balance is payable at the start of the course.

Terms and Conditions.

The deposit is fully refundable or transferable up to 45 days before the beginning of the course.

Less than 45 days from the beginning of the course the deposit is not refundable unless you transfer to another course AND the original place is filled; in which case the deposit will count in full towards the new course.

The balance of the course fee is payable at the beginning of the course.

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