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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. Beginner and Beyond
Tuition: $335 (lunch is included)
Studio/Materials Fee: $150
Registration Fee: $30* (listed as "shipping" in cart) *Members use coupon code WAIVEFEE at check-out
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Matt Kenney is a professional box and furniture maker living in Northwest Connecticut. Not too long ago, he spent a year designing and making 52 unique boxes. He undertook the project as a means to improve his design skills, but found that the woodworking community at large was interested in what he was doing, and they followed along intently as he wrote about the boxes each week on his website www.mekwoodworks.com . After he completed the project, he wrote a book about his experience: 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press). Matt teaches woodworking around the world, writes about the craft, and hosts The Matt and Joe Woodworking Fun Hour podcast. In his spare time, he draws robot illustrations. You can follow what he’s up to in the shop and at the drawing table on Instagram (@mekwoodworks, @thebookofrobots).