Description

Due to popular demand, we will be holding another Kumiko Course this year (May/June), once again conducted by Des King.

Outside of Japan, Des King is one of the world’s leading experts on the Japanese fine craft of ‘Kumiko’, an exquisite form of decoration usually used on doors and screens. Des King has written 3 books on kumiko: ‘Shoji and Kumiko Design: Book 1 The Basics’, ‘Shoji and Kumiko Design: Book 2 Beyond the Basics’ and ‘Shoji and Kumiko Design, Book 3 – Hexagonal Patterns’.

For this workshop, students will make two separate ‘kumiko’ pieces. The first piece will consist of two square ‘as-no-ha’ patterns enclosed by twin ‘kumiko’ and a ‘tsukeko’ frame. The second piece is built on the much more difficult hexagonal lattice base, and consists of two patterns - ‘asa-no-ha’, and a ‘kawari as-no-ha’ feature.

During the workshop, students will learn the correct names for the different parts of ‘shoji’ and kumiko work, details and principles of kumiko marking, how to cut consistent gap-free kumiko joints with a hand saw, and how to mark, cut and attach the tsukeko to the two different pieces.

Students will also learn how to trim the smaller kumiko pattern pieces to size at the correct angles and how to gauge the correct tension for the pattern pieces.

In the second piece, students will learn how to judge and make the multiple cuts needed for the three-way joints that make up the hexagonal base.

The knowledge and skills students gain from making these two pieces will enable them to incorporate and adapt kumiko art into their own furniture or art designs, and will form a solid foundation for more difficult and complex patterns at a later stage.

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What you will learn
  • How to incorporate and adapt kumiko art into their own furniture or art designs.
What you will get
  • A solid foundation for more difficult and complex patterns at a later stage.

What to bring
  • Nothing! All materials are included.
What to wear

Casual clothing (It can get quite dusty)

Appropriate for

Beginners to intermediates


The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking was founded by Alastair Boell in 2007. After graduating from the world renowned North Bennet Street School, Boston (USA) Alastair felt that there was a great need in Australia for an educational facility that focuses on traditional skills.

The Guild is committed to preserving and advancing craft traditions in furniture making. We are also committed to promoting a greater awareness and appreciation ofcraftsmanship. In our classes we emphasize the skillful use of hand tools and power equipment and an informed use of appropriate materials. We are passionate about what we do and want to share information, ideas and skills with all our students young and old, from beginner to advanced.

The Guild offers 13 Open Courses a week where students are able to bring in their own projects. Also during the year on a regular basis we offer a number of short intensive classes on varying woodworking topics. Our student to teacher ratios are very low with a maximum of 8 students in the open classes.

The school itself is conveniently located two minutes from the Blackburn Rd exit off the Eastern Freeway. Parking is readily available right at the school’s door.We promise to do our very best to provide you with endless opportunities in a stimulating and supportive community.

We invite you to take your place at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.

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