About Us

 

Kezurou-kai USA is a California corporation (non-profit 501(c)3 status pending) dedicated to the preservation and transmission of traditional Japanese handtool carpentry techniques in the United States and beyond. We have been recognized under an official friendship agreement by Kezurou-kai Japan and intend, among other activities, to hold an annual gathering at which US craftspeople can be educated by exposure to some of the leading figures in the Japanese woodcraft community.  We believe the spirit and tradition of Japanese carpentry can be an guide to woodworkers of all backgrounds, and hope to inspire a new generation of professionals and amateurs alike to deepen their connection to this rich cultural heritage.


Our founders represent decades of experience as professional carpenters, educators and businesspeople whose work is exclusively or heavily influenced by the Japanese tradition, and all of whom are passionate about the employment of Japanese handtools to inform and deepen their craft.