Mini Kez Colorado 2018

Colorado hosted its first Kezurou-kai event on August 4th at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood. There were approximately 40 attendees throughout the day, most of whom were woodworkers but with little experience with Japanese tools and techniques.  Demonstrations given throughout the day were "Introduction to the Kanna" by Takayuki Kida, featuring a large scale wooden model of a plane that could be taken apart and examined, "Sharpening Basics" with Kyle Kwiatkowski, and "Basics of Center-line Joinery" with Thomas Harvey. The planing competition was fairly informal, with 7 competitors including a father and son team and a team of three girls ages 7-10. The winning shaving was pulled by Luke Goodhue using a Lie Nielson #4. Unfortunately, we were unable to measure the actual thickness due to technical difficulties. Prizes were provided by Suzuki Tool, who also had a beautiful display, and T.C. Woods, a local urban reclaimed lumber supplier. Special thanks to the faculty at RRCC for providing a wonderful venue settled on the edge of the Colorado foothills, to our sponsors who provided prizes and planing boards, and to all who gave donations to make this possible.   - Thomas Harvey, Owner of Earthwood Builders LLC  


New Video: Chinese Brackets (Dulesi Shanmen) with Richard Wiborg, a video by JP Li

JP Li, Richard Wiborg, and Jay van Arsdale recently set up an impromptu studio and recorded this video detailing the construction of an ancient Chinese bracket set. This outstanding video is like nothing you have seen and is rich with insights into this iconic architectural element. Kezurou-kai USA applauds JP, Richard, and Jay for producing this valuable addition to our understanding of traditional Chinese structures and the science and know-how that went into making them.

Tea House Garden Project - Day 7

Today (February 14) was the last day that the Ogata Kai team from Japan was available to work on the tea garden project at Hakone Garden. Seven days of intensive effort by the Ogata Kai professionals, many energetic volunteers, and HG staff has yielded a stunning transformation. 

Here are some more detailed pictures of various improvements that were made during the Ogata Kai visit and some of the people who helped make it happen. 

Tea House Garden Project - Day 6


Day 6 was another productive day. Ogata Kai and the volunteers finished up the walkway and stepping stones behind the tea house (so stones/walkway now encircle the entire tea house), continued work on the retaining wall from the stairs to the back of the tea house, built a bamboo screen, set the tsukubai (water basin) and related stones, and installed the stone lantern. 

Photos and report by Peter McAneny

Tea House Garden Project - Day 2

Friday February 9th: Day 2

Locating the future machiai within the garden.

We determined the largest size we could build within the narrow hillside terrace of the Shogetsu-an tea house.  (See the machiai template in the foreground below).


An array of rock in the foreground and those carefully selected cobbles in the background. In the picture below you will see the cobbles being put to use around the base of the tea house and the construction of the inubashiri surround.