The Kitchen Series

  Hello and welcome to my blog!  This series begins a build in which I’m creating custom kitchen cabinetry.  Kitchen cabinets are a significant departure from my usual work, but my shoji client, pleased with my efforts, has encouraged me to take on the job.  The homeowner in this case …

Let’s Plane!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I will detail the process of making a Japanese plane body, known as a dai, to compete in the annual NYC Kez, hosted by Mokuchi in Brooklyn, NY.   Kez is short for Kezurou-Kai, which translates to ‘Let’s plane’, a competition …

Tokonoma Plinth

Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I will detail the process of building a plinth for my laundry room.  Occasionally in the process of building furniture for my clients I have to work a project in for myself to keep the house up and running, so I …

Tea House Garden Bench – Complete

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post completes a series in which I’ve built a Tea House garden bench of Honduran mahogany.  This bench will be used outdoors and preparations have been made to help this bench endure the elements.  I’ve detailed the steps taken to ensure that it …

Tea House Garden Bench – Joinery

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post continues a series in which I’m building an outdoor bench for a tea house garden.   I will begin to detail the process of cutting the joinery used to construct this bench. The main feature of this bench will be a Japanese …

Tea Garden Bench

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post begins a series in which I will build a sitting bench of Honduran mahogany.  The Tea Garden Bench will reside along a winding pathway of the tea house garden and will provide a place to sit briefly and take in the surroundings. My goal in …

Walnut Tsuri-Dana

Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I will detail the process of creating a live edge shelf to be wall mounted.  Those of you who have followed along with my blog may recall a very similar build recently.  For this build I will be making the steel …

Western Red Shoji -Complete

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This post completes a series in which I’m building a pair of tall shoji in western red cedar.  The previous post left off where I had been making arrangements to plane the kumiko for these doors.  These doors, being exceptionally tall, have encouraged even more changes to …

Ko-Ganna Restoration

Hello and welcome to my blog!  In this post I will detail the process of restoring a single iron small kanna referred to as a ‘ko-ganna’.  This plane is a vintage market find that had been used very little or not at all.  Unfortunately some modifications and mishandling happened along the …