Japanese River Boat Building - July 8th-12th

Chokki launch.jpeg
Chokki launch.jpeg

Japanese River Boat Building - July 8th-12th

800.00

July 8th-12th, 9am-5pm

In this workshop students will work together build one or more boats, based on a traditional Japanese river boat design. The course will provide a thorough introduction to traditional Japanese boatbuilding, introducing students to the unique techniques of Japanese boatbuilding including fitting planks with handsaws, and fastening using both edge-nails and wooden dovetail keys. Other topics include sharpening with waterstones and the adjustment and tuning of Japanese wooden planes.

The boat design is from the Agano River and is a hard chine, canoe-like craft used in the lagoons and estuaries of the river mouth. They are called, locally, itaawase (ita=plank; awase=to put together). Workshop boats will be about sixteen feet long and suitable for paddling by one or two people.

If time permits, students will work on making paddles and/or half models. All the necessary materials and Japanese tools will be provided, but if students own hand tools they may bring a selection to class. The instructor will also discuss the tenets of Japanese apprenticeship. No prior woodworking experience is necessary.

Photo Credit: Douglas Brooks

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