Kezurou-Kai 2019

Man chopping with Japanese Adze

Kezurou-Kai USA’s main event is back in the Bay Area this year! 


  • Fri, July 12: 6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

  • Sat, July 13: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Sun, Jul 14: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM


El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 [Google Map]


Remember to bring your tools…

Friday, July 12th, 6pm-9pm

Join us Friday night to meet fellow woodworkers and talk shop. We will have time for anyone to come up a give a 5-10 minute presentation on some of their own projects they are working on. Bring photos if you want them projected. Includes pizza and beer/soft drinks.

  • $20 to pre-register

  • $30 at door

Man cutting a timber with a Japanese saw.

Saturday, July 13th, 9am-4pm

$125 (Under 18 free)

  • 7:45-9:00 Event set-up

  • 8:30-10:00 Registration

  • 9:00-9:30 Welcome /presenters’ remarks

  • 9:30-17:00 Vendors in Main Hall

  • 9:30-10:00 Tou-ishi Natural Water Stones/Alex Gilmore

  • 10:00-12:00 Furniture Design & Chinese Joinery/Andrew Hunter

  • 10:00-12:00 Japanese tools for Western workshop/Wilbur Pan

  • 10:00-12:00 Transfer layout/dimensional frames/Yann Giguere

  • 10:00-15:00 Blacksmithing: 3 stages/toolmaking/Dave Burnard, Jim Blauvelt, John Burt

  • 10:00-15:00 Sharpening: 6 stations/with experts

  • 10:00-15:00 Hand plane set-up & tuning/with experts

  • 11:00-14:00 Food vendors

  • 12:00-13:30 Transfer layout-round timbers/Ryosei Kaneko

  • 13:00-14:00 Japanese temple building/Karl Bareis

  • 13:00-15:00 Hikari ita/Toby Hargreaves

  • 15:00 - 1700 Broad axe demonstration

Man planing a beam with a wide Kanna.

Sunday, July 14th
$25 spectator pass (Under 18 free)
$65 plane competitor pass

  • 8:30-10:00 Registration

  • 9:00-9:30 Introductions/announcements

  • 9:30-11:00 Shoji joinery/ Jay Van Arsdale

  • 9:30-11:00 Adzeing/Yann Giguere

  • 9:30-13:00 Hand plane set-up & tuning

  • 9:30-17:00 Vendors

  • 9:30-15:00 Blacksmithing/Burnard, Blauvelt & Burt

  • 9:30-15:00 Sharpening stations

  • 11:00-13:00 Wide planes/Dale Brotherton

  • 11:00-12:30 Temples/pagodas

  • 11:00-15:00 Hands-on team project/Ryosei Kaneko&Karl Bareis

  • 11:00-14:00 Food vendors

  • 13:00-15:00 Planing & yariganna-prep for competitors

  • 15:00-17:00 Planing competition

  • 17:00 Closing remarks & clean-up

The El Cerrito Community Center is a really first rate venue, for Kezurou-kai 2019—plenty of space and parking, and just 10 minutes’ walk from the local BART Station, El Cerrito del Norte.

The stage is set for Saturday’s workshops. This year our theme is definitely focused on getting people into workshop sessions where they can use their tools and test their skills. For those with traditional Japanese hand tools, we have volunteer experts to answer your questions, help you “read” your tool for optimum performance.

For advanced woodworkers the session(s) on layout should be a priority. We have Toby Hargreaves demonstrating the methods for transfer using wafer-thin hikari-ita to copy multi-faceted beam ends. Yann Giguere will demonstrate the methods for centerline transfer using typical hand tools. Later in the day, Ryosei Kaneko will continue the theme, and focus this time on round post-to-round beam layout, techniques and tools. At the same time, the outdoor patio will feature 3 tool smiths who will demonstrate the process of forging hand tools. This subject is also important to better understand the performance and maintenance of hand tools. Most of us have never seen the forge in operation, so it’s a rare chance. The few people who’ve had a chance to preview the schedule are all shaking their heads trying to figure out how to prioritize their time with so many great venues. Both morning and afternoon will be organized with congruent sessions, so it’s critical to know your options all in advance.

Kez Vendors
During the entire two-day schedule we’ll have 3 vendors ready to fill orders or take your custom orders. This year we have Suzuki-ya <>, Morikuni <> & The Japan Stone <www.the> .