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Masashi Kutsuwa

, Japan
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Masashi Kutsuwa

Masashi is a woodworker who teaches at a college called Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture. He puts great effort into the promotion of green woodwork and revitalization of traditional craft. He believes that green woodwork is the best way to connect people with local forest resources and traditional craft culture. He often invites foreign instructors to his college, including Jarrod Dahl, Drew Langsner and Jögge Sundqvist. He also writes articles to foreign woodworking magazine, and attends international craft events, to exchange ideas and techniques between east and west.

Masashi will be accompanied by master woodcarver Shinichi Moriguchi. Shinichi trained himself as a sculptor, then studied woodwork and traditional lacquer finishing. He first got to know Wagatabon in 2001 and was so fascinated by it. There was no one producing them at that time so he began researching old documents and making trays by studying old pieces. As he established himself as the leading Wagatabon maker, he is now keen to pass on his skill to the next generation. Several years ago he set up a small workshop near the birthplace of Wagatabon, to teach local villagers how to carve the tray.

Current Courses Offered by Masashi Kutsuwa

2 Days
Teaser image for Japanese Folk Craft: 'The Wagatabon' Carved Wood Tray

Japanese Folk Craft: 'The Wagatabon' Carved Wood Tray

Wagatabon is a type of wooden tray that used to be made by roof shingle makers in Wagatani village, Ishikawa, the snowy area of Japan. It is said that the trays were made there since early 17th century. The makers used to cleave green chestnut log to produce shingles, and…
Thu, Mar 7th, 2019  –  Sat, Mar 9th, 2019
Instructor: Masashi Kutsuwa
Sun, Mar 10th, 2019  –  Mon, Mar 11th, 2019
Instructor: Masashi Kutsuwa