The Art of Kumiko
The intricate geometric designs that decorate shoji screens are called kumiko, and although they look difficult to make, they are accessible to any woodworker using familiar tools. The frames are made quickly at the tablesaw, and the small infill pieces are made with a chisel and pair of guide blocks. Matt will take students through the fundamentals of kumiko by first making a small panel with one hemp leaf pattern, and then laying out the frame for a larger panel and filling it with hemp leaves of different sizes. Matt will share the jigs and techniques he uses to create decorative Japanese panels efficiently without sacrificing accuracy and beauty. Kumiko is perfect for the busy woodworker who’s able to find shop time an hour or two at a time.