Upcoming Classes

Build a Kumiko Panel with Matt Kenney
Instructor:   Matt Kenney

Friday November 22, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Experience Level for this Class:
    Basic woodworking skills helpful but not required
Kumiko course description:  
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 piece 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. I explain how to make the joinery for the framework, and then we’ll assemble a frame. After that, you’ll create the small pieces used to make the infill pattern, and then get to work making them for your panel. At the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful panel.   
Kumiko Course Outline:
1. Slideshow that explains how I make the frame parts
2.Show students how to assemble and glue up the frames
3. Students assemble frames
4.Demonstrate how to make each of the infill pieces (I do this one piece at a time with the students making their pieces before I demonstrate the next piece.)   
5.Sanding the completed pannel
Kumiko class tool list:
3/4 or 1 in. wide chisel. Please be sharp
Douki saw
THIS CLASS QUALIFIES FOR A FISKE FUND GRANT of up to 50% reimbursement. 
You must apply on the NWA web site PRIOR to the CLASS.
Class Dates:  


    Herman Finkbeiner Educational Center
97 Railroad Ave, Albany, NY 12205
off Fuller Road.   
Cost of Course:
  $150.00 NWA Member
$210,00 Nonmember
Tuition – Paid to NWA
Materials included: A set of guide blocks will be provided for the class. They may be purchased for $55.00 for the pair, after class.
There are only 12 seats available in this course.
Interested students must register with
You will receive an email confirming your enrollment, and payment instructions. 
Please do not send any payments until you receive confirmation and instructions

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