Come learn all about traditional Japanese woodworking. Through understanding a variety of tools and their use in making joinery, you will leave with knowledge of creating beautiful wood to wood connections with no glues or fasteners! Instructor Jay Van Arsdale will bring tools and joinery samples, and after a morning of demonstration students will be able to try their hand at using them.
About the instructor:
Jay apprenticed early on with his father and grandfather in his familys blacksmith shop in Kentucky. After graduating from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1970, he came to the Bay Area where he attended Mills College in Oakland, (MFA in Art, 72).
Jay was inspired to become involved with Japanese woodworking in the mid 1970s after seeing a demonstration by Japanese Daiku Makoto Imai, who he learned from for a number of years. Jay has worked and taught in the Bay Area since the early 80s. He has given demos/lectures and other presentations for many organizations, including the Japan Society, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Academy of Science, UC Berkeley, School of Architecture, and others. Jay is the author of Shoji, designing, building, and installing Japanese Screens. (Kodansha, 86), Introduction to Japanese woodworking, (video, 87), and contributing editor on The Complete Japanese Joinery, (Hartley & Marks, 90). He also has written numerous magazine articles and appeared on Japanese and U.S. TV.
Jay is a licensed building contractor who lives with his wife and daughter in a bamboo grove in Oakland. Jay currently teaches Traditional Japanese Hand Tools and Joinery at Laney College in Oakland and is a founding member and on the board of directors of Kezuroukai USA, www.kezuroukai.us