Explore Kumiko Woodworking


Explore Kumiko Woodworking

Learn to make patterns of the Japanese-style latticework known as kumiko using traditional hand tools and a table saw.

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 4/18/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  2. Tue, 4/23/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  3. Thur, 4/25/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  4. Tue, 4/30/2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thur, 4/18/2024 - Tue, 4/30/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


Kumiko is the Japanese technique of assembling wooden pieces without nails. In this class, you'll make several kumiko patterns, which date back to the 7th century, using a method that helps ensure satisfying results without years of training in Japanese woodworking.

This class uses jigs to help ensure accurate angle cuts, the table saw to cut the interlocking grooves, and a block plane to finish the kumiko strips prior to assembly.

Whether made the traditional way or with this hybrid approach, kumiko panels typically hold together without glue or nails because of the interlocking, precisely cut joinery. That precision also adds to the beauty of these intricate pieces.

If you want to make your own jigs to use during this class and on future projects, you might want to sign up for BARN's jig-making class here. Note that the jigs class begins a week and a half earlier.


Make several basswood kumiko pieces 5 inches square and 1/2 inch thick, using a different traditional pattern for each.


A materials fee of $75, included in the class fee, covers all materials and use of jigs. It also covers the cost of a kumiko saw that you will own so you can make additional screens.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid dangling clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Paul Kury

Paul Kury studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tenn., and has been an active woodworker for more than 40 years. His preference is 18th-century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.

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