Kumiko Course


The traditional Japanese craft and technique of Kumiko is explored in this Kumiko Course. The course introduces the concept of Kumiko and its history. Kumiko has its origins in Japan and is used in homes and furniture. Video segments guide you through the creation of a Kumiko panel. The asa-no-ha pattern or motif is featured in the course, a common pattern. The course is composed of seven video segments, a Kumiko article from my recent book, and plans for (2) guide blocks. The guide blocks are an important tool in the creation of Kumiko panels. Each step in the process of creating a panel is covered from preparing a rough blank to final assembly. Many techniques and best practices are covered in the course. 

The Kumiko panels in this course are created using several hand tools although some machinery is used in initial wood preparation. Hand tools consist of a wide chisel, a smoother plane and block plane. Follow me as I describe the steps involved in creating a striking Kumiko panel you can incorporate in a piece of furniture, wall panel, or Shoji screen.

The following topics are covered in this 7 part Kumiko course:

1. Intro and history of Kumiko
2. Overview of components of a Kumiko panel
3. Wood preparation of Kumiko components
4. Detailed video of Kumiko creation process
5. Detailed video of creating (2) guide blocks
6. Techniques to simplify Kumiko making
7. Incorporating a Kumiko panel in furniture

Tips and techniques acquired over months of creating Kumiko panels are shared in this course. You will be comfortable at tackling your first Kumiko panel after this course. All steps are covered in great detail.

Includes 7 separate video modules. Each video module addresses a component of the Kumiko process. Detailed video sequences and methodology on how to create Kumiko panels are included in the Kumiko course.

includes 7 videos and guide block plans
– Detailed CAD drawings included
– Video modules can be followed in any order.
– Videos can be stopped, repeated any time
Kumiko article included
– All 7 video modules (1.8 hours) included in one-time $40 price

Larry Broadbent says "I purchase a lot of woodworking plans and woodworking books online. I just purchased this Kumiko Course today. I'm extremely impressed with the quality of the PDF's and videos in this course. I definitely recommend this Kumiko course to anyone wanting to get started in the woodworking art of Japanese Kumiko."

Norman maintains a blog of ongoing projects in his studio as well as having written and published four books in the past year. Some of the books and magazines where authors furniture, work methods and philosophy have been featured:

Craftisian Interview (Norman Pirollo)
HackSpace Magazine – Make With Wood  April 2020
Woodworking: From Design To Making (New Art Press)
The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood (New Art Press)

From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
Start Your Own Woodworking Business (New Art Press)
Rooted: Contemporary Studio Furniture (Schiffer Publishing)
IDS15 (Studio North)
Canadian Woodworking magazine Jan. 2015
IDS14 (Studio North)
Fine Woodworking Magazine 4 Bench Jigs for Handplanes 
2009 Fine Woodworking Magazine 
Essential Shopmade Jigs 2009
Woodwork magazine
Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
500 Cabinets ( Lark Books)
Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers (Schiffer Books)
Canadian Interiors Design Source Guide
Ottawa Life magazine (Profile, work) 2012
Panoram Italia magazine Our Homes magazine

For a limited time, receive WOODSKILLS Issue 01 & 02 (digital)
$18 value with purchase of online courses