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