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Fundamentals of Kumiko Workshop

September 4, 2021 at 9:00 am - September 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm

In Japan, doors, windows, and room screens are often decorated with a delicate wooden framework called kumiko. The beauty of these frames is enhanced by using small pieces of wood to create geometric or floral patterns in the framework. This same technique can be used in furniture making to add a beautiful detail to a door panel, table top, or cabinet base. Kumiko panels also make eye-catching wall art. At first glance, kumiko panels certainly give the impression that they’d be extremely difficult to make. However, they aren’t. In this class, you’ll learn how to make a square framework, and the classic asa-no-ha infill pattern. On the first day you will learn how to cut the half-lap joints that hold the framework together and everyone will then assemble a roughly 24” square frame. After that, you’ll learn how to create the small pieces used to make the infill pattern, and then get to work making them for your panel. On the second day, you’ll have time to complete the panel, and Matt will show you how to make a strong frame, and fabric backings for panels.

Location: Peters Valley School of Craft

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