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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Make Your Own Japanese Woodworking Tool: The Kebiki

Course Overview

"How did I ever do without this?” Be the proud maker and user of an essential woodworking tool: the kebiki, a Japanese marking gauge. Rather than scratching across wood fibers as a sharpened pin (the tool most often used for scribing in Western woodshops) does, kebiki slice the fibers, which increases accuracy and provides a register for the chisel edges and saw teeth. They can be used in the proper layout of mortises and tenons, and for cutting thin wood stock and leather. Students will complete one gauge, and have the knowledge to make another on their own. Sharpening, layout, and proper use of the tool will also be covered. This class requires patience, finesse, careful layout, and planning, and coordinated tool use.

Optional Tools that Might be Helpful

  • Pencils
  • Set of sharp chisels
  • Small tri-square
  • Set of needle files

Session Information

This course is part of Wood Week 2023. Plan to arrive a day early for the Carvers Conference, held March 17, which will feature demonstrations and community gatherings.


Sat, Mar 18th, 2023  –  Sun, Mar 19th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $200.00
Materials fee: $40.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Fred Livesay
Fred Livesay
St. Paul, MN

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Make Your Own Japanese Woodworking Tool: The Kebiki