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Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style

Replace that plastic toolbox with a wooden one that reflects your appreciation for craftsmanship. The Japanese are known for their ability to meld simplicity and elegance in design. This traditional Japanese carpenter's tool box demonstrates these qualities as does the ease of its construction. Traditionally, the toolbox held the basic handtools with specific spaces for hammer, pull saw and plane. The toolbox roughly measures 24" X 10" X 6" deep and will be customized to meet your needs. Students will complete the toolbox in two days using simple hand tools. Skills learned will include layout, joinery and proper use of saw and plane. This is an excellent class for those with few or no woodworking skills, and parent/grandparent and child partnerships.


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Length in days:
2 1/2

Day 1/2: 9am-5pm, Day 3: 9am-noon

$185.00 per student (Regular rate)
$170.00 per student (Early-bird rate)



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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. claw hammer
  2. pencils
  3. large nail set
  4. square
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Fred Livesay Fred Livesay

Fred discovered his woodworking skills at age 10. He later trained as a wheelwright and carriage-builder for seven summers, and then went on to study Scandinavian folk art, decorative arts, art history, and museum studies. Fred currently makes his living as a carpenter but hopes to make teaching and craftwork his full-time job. Fred has taught at North House since its beginning, has studied crafts in Sweden and  demonstrates crafts in the five state area. Fred also teaches at the Milan Village Art School, Ingebretsen's, the American Swedish Institute, and Woodcraft.


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Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style

Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style

Craft Your Own Toolbox in the Japanese Style