Kumiko - Kawari Asa no Ha (Intermediate level)

Presented by Des King

Hexagonal asa-no-ha with kawari asa-no-ha feature:
Intermediate level

This three-day intermediate class is where we launch into the fascinating three-way joint (mitsu-kude) and the hexagonal patterns. You must have completed the previous basic class before you can begin this class.
In this class you will make a hexagonal jigumi (lattice) into which you will cut and insert asa-no-ha patterns (including half patterns on the top and bottom) and a kawari asa-no-ha feature pattern (photos on left). Here you will learn how to mark and cut the three-way joint, how to cut the jigumi to size for attaching the tsukeko, and how to cut and attach the tsukeko.

There is an enormous amount to cover in the three days, so you should be prepared to work solidly for the entire period. But it will be a rewarding experience when you go home with your beautifully crafted piece of art!

I have admired this Japanese art form since I was a child when I saw some cabinets in an exhibition at the museum- at least I think they were cabinets.
While I did not produce the lovely neatest work of the group, I was well pleased with my efforts and I am very proud of my 2 completed samples.
Des is a terrific teacher and he was very generous with his knowledge and experience, especially on the subject of jigs.
I am so pleased I participated in the course and I am now very keen to have a go at more and improve my skills.
Thank you Des, Shinobu and MGFW.

Lee Anthony - 29th January 2018

Des King

$990 (2020) (Inclusive of GST)
All materials included, catering for morning tea, tools (students will be required to provide some basic tools for themselves), and the full set of layout, sawing and shooting jigs used on the program

Fri 14th to Sun 16th August 2020
9am to 5pm

3 days

Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.
14 Cottage St, Blackburn

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About the Instructor: Des King

A former Australian Army officer, Des first came into contact with the Japanese culture when he was selected to
attend a 12-month intensive Japanese language course at the then RAAF School of Languages at Point Cook in
1974. In 1978 he was sent to Japan by the Army for advanced Japanese language studies, consisting of one year
at the United States Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama, and one year in the Office of the
Military Attaché at the Australian Embassy.

Des left the Army at the end of 1986, eventually moving to Tokyo to live, and work as a free-lance Japanese-
English translator. He continued translating business after his return to Australia.

Woodworking had been growing into an increasingly serious hobby for quite some time, and in April 2008, Des
began a 12-month post-graduate course in tategu (production and fitting of doors and windows, and especially
shoji) at the International College of Craft and Art (Shokugei Gakuin) in Toyama, Japan. The course was entirely
in Japanese, and comprised mostly practical work, with only a limited amount of theoretical studies. After
building the foundation in making shoji, Des turned his focus to the intricate patterns that can be made by
kumiko within shoji. This became the central theme of his work.
After completing the course in March 2009, Des returned to Australia and set up a workshop in the Gold Coast.
Des has published three books on making shoji and kumiko patterns, and is currently writing and making
patterns for his fourth book.