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)

We’ll have talks going all day featuring topics such:

  • Natural sharpening stones with Alex Gilmore (

  • Chinese joinery with Andrew Hunter

  • Japanese construction joinery with Yann Giguere (

  • Japanese Temples with Karl Bareis (

  • A special presentation by Makoto Imai (

Other Activities

  • Hands-on demonstrations:

  • Talk to professionals about plane sharpening.

  • We are fortunate to have some blacksmiths coming out to show Kiridashi (carving knives ) making and hammer head making. Join in and come away with your own hammer head and carving knife. (There will be an extra fee for materials for the metal workshops.)

Man planing a beam with a wide Kanna.

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


  • Learn the basic elements for creating shoji screens wth Jay Van Arsdale (

  • Wide plane setup and demo with Andrew Hunter and Dale Brotherton

  • Learn about how Chinese temples were constructed to deal with earthquakes with Richard Wiborg (


  • We will have live demos showing how to use broad axes and adzing in the morning.

  • Also come see how to touch up the teeth on your saws.

Planing competition - Create the thinnest full-width and full-length shaving to win a prize. This is also just a great opportunity to learn how to tune your plane and get the best possible shaving you can.