$129,000 raised out of $5,000,000

Share the wonderful Japanese woodworking!


Online Japanese woodworking classroom, learn in english

We will deliver Japanese woodworking videos that you can learn in English!

There are many videos online that one can learn about Japanese woodworking. However, most of them are in Japanese. If you don’t understand the language, then you won’t be able to understand the content. In addition, communication with the teacher and any Q&A become very difficult. Because of this language barrier, I know that there are many people from around the world who have given up on learning Japanese woodworking. It’s a pity to lose the motivation to learn just because you don’t understand Japanese!

So I came up with this idea. I wanted to make available woodworking lesson videos in which non-Japanese speakers can understand. This way, I can share with you the essence of Japanese woodworking. You can acquire important knowledge and skills such as how to use Japanese hand tools, and the adjustment of the tools and so on.

Why video?

In 2020, due to COVID19a rare global pandemic which is said to occur once every 100 yearswe weren’t able to share woodworking face-to-face. Therefore, I would like to distribute videos of our actual one-month Japanese woodworking course that was held in Kyoto.

Miya daiku teaches you

Takami Kawai a traditional Japanese carpenter and an architect with 20 years of experience in sustainable design and construction. I am confident in creating an ideal living space that is in harmony with nature. I love to use genuine traditional Japanese carpentry techniques as conditions permit. He specializes in renovating traditional Japanese houses and giving lectures on traditional Japanese woodworking. Takami participated in the 62nd Jingu-shikinen Sengu, and currently runs a construction company in Kyoto called Suikoushya.

In February of 2018, with the support of more than 200 people, from dozens of countries around the world through a Kickstarter campaign, Takami built a Japanese woodworking school in Kyoto, Japan where students from all over the world can study Japanese woodworking in English.

At this school, students learn the basics of how to adjust and use Japanese hand tools. The school has accepted 55 students since it opened its doors in 2018. Past students range from active carpenters to hobbyists, architects and artists. He also held a one-week short-term workshop overseas (with 200 participants) and a one-day woodworking experience workshop (with 100 participants so far) in Japan to share woodworking with woodworking enthusiasts around the world.

Check out more about student experience at Suikoushya International Woodworking School

It’s a Japanese woodworking video that you can learn in English

This series of videos are filmed and edited from the actual lessons that were held at the Suikoushya Japanese woodworking school. These are authentic videos of all the lessons, with contents for the entire month that include instructions and explanations, live demonstrations, as well as Q&As and interactions with the students during the class.

It’s a pity that we won’t be able to give specific technical guidance as one would in an actual classroom setting, but through the videos we hope to provide an opportunity for all to learn important knowledge and ideas about wood and woodworking tools, and above all, the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship. All videos have English subtitles so you don’t need to be able to speak Japanese to understand our lessons.

Plan and schedule

Introduction of Japanese woodworking(112min)

 Lesson 1 – About Tools – Kanna 34min

 Lesson 2 – AboutTools_Nomi 2.5min

 Lesson 3 – About Tools Saw, Japanese joinery 54min

 Lesson 4 – About Tools Nomi  21min

How to setup and blade sharpening(206min)

 Lesson 5 – Nomi Setup 36min

 Lesson 6 – Nomi Sharpening 50min

 Lesson 7 – Kanna Setup and blade sharpening 60min

 Lesson 8 – Different kanna setup 60min

How to use the tools(60min)

 Lesson 9 – how to use the tools 60min

Understand Nature of tree(60min)

 Lesson 10 – Nature of tree 60min

Get familiar with the tools by making small things(138min)

 Lesson 11 – Making Stone base – Part 1 60min

 Lesson 12 – Making stone base – Part 2 60min

 Lesson 13 – Making stone base – Part 3 18min

Learn how to make materials(28min)

 Lesson 14 – Making tool box – Part 1 19min

 Lesson 15 – Making tool box – Part 2 9min

About the reference line(47min)

 Lesson 16 – Extra Topic How to find reference line 47min

Learn how to use tools and grain through the production of joinery(80min)

 Lesson 17 – Joinery – Watari ago 40min

 Lesson 18 – Joinery – Watari ago (Update) 40min

Japanese Woodworking Thinking(8min)

 Lesson 19 – Way of Thinking 4min

 Lesson 20 – Joinery – hozo hozoana 4min

Extra (303min)

 How to make a Joinery

(arishiguchi凸凹-31 minutes, kamatsugi凸凹-26 minutes, kanawatsugi-19 minutes, okkake tsugi-12 minutes, daimochi tsugi 13 minutes, okuriari凸凹-23 minutes, hanasen hozo-7 minutes)

 How to make a Stonebase  15 minutes

 How to use Sashigane 15 minutes

 How to mark a line 8 minutes

 How to adjust Kanna 35 minutes

 How to make Kanna 73 minutes

 How to adjust and sharpen Nomi 23 minutes

How to fix when a chipped blade(140min)

 Fixing the chipped blade 24min

 Shachitsugi 60min

 Joinery – Arishiguchi 56min

A story(7min)

 A story 7min

Make your own tools(60min)

 Making Kanna Body 60min

Make a joinery (120min)

 Joinery Koshikake aritsugi 1 60min

 Joinery Koshikake aritsugi 2 60min

Story (58min)

 Lesson 27 story 58min

Story (7min)

 Spark Joy Story - 7min


 Self-introduction 2min

 Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum visit 2min

Include joinery videos, online course videos, and essays

Total time: about 26hours

How to use funds

I have the knowledge and skills about Japanese woodworking that I want to share with people all over the world. However, because of COVID19, it is currently nearly impossible for most people to enter Japan to study in a classroom setting. At this moment, the only way to share Japanese woodworking with you is through the internet. I have launched the “Online Classroom to learn Japanese Woodworking English” project so we can continue sharing Japanese woodworking despite being in the midst of this global pandemic.

All the money raised from this campaign will be used to edit and translate the filmed lessons. However, we would like to get the support of at least 200 people, otherwise there will be a lack of demand to create these videos. I want to share the world of Japanese woodworking with everyone who loves Japanese woodworking from all over the world! So please share this with as many people as you can. 

Your share will help make this project a success. We thank you and appreciate your support!


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Thank you for helping fund our project!

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PDF of the original textbook used in the school!

¥30,000 onwards

This is a video of the lessons held at Suikoushya international craft school for a month.

Includes textbooks used in class, videos for making joineries, and detailed drawings of four types of joineries.

I will answer your 5 questions. Eventually, You will receive a link to a video of Frequently Asked Questions.

Get the videos for yourself, or you can also send them to your loved ones as a Christmas gift!

Stretch Goal!

If the total amount of the pledge exceeds 5.5 million yen, the pledger who exceeds 30,000 yen will receive the original ebooks of Suikoushya .

1. Making a Japanese Torii gate project (5 hours)

2. Learning real construction by using models (5hours)

 2.1) The joinery course (the types, location, function and role of the joineries)

 2.2) The marking course (how to mark the line of the kanawatzugi)

 2.3) The real construction course (how to design and construction process and assembly using a model)

Risks and challenges

This is a filmed version of the actual lessons that were held in our school in Kyoto. It also includes students’ questions and teacher’s answers. You may have questions during the course, but I won’t be able to answer them right away. It will be up to you to continue learning Japanese woodworking for a month. We aim to finish editing and translating all videos by December 2020. Please be patient with us to ensure that you get the best output.

I believe that one day I will be able to share some wonderful woodworking with you.

I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read and follow our campaign.






Takami Kawaiは伝統的な日本の大工であり、持続可能な設計と建設で20年の経験を持つ建築家です。自然と調和したままの理想的な居住空間を作り出すことに自信を持っています。条件の許す限り、本物の伝統的な日本の大工技術を使用することが大好きです。 伝統的な日本の家の改装と伝統的な日本の木工に関する講演を得意としています。第62回神宮式年遷宮に参加し、現在は翠紅舎Suikoushyaという工務店を経営しています。

2018年2月 Kickstarterキャンペーンで世界数十か国200名以上の方からご支援を受け、日本の京都に英語で学べる日本の木工教室を建設しました。この学校では、日本の手道具の手入れの仕方・使い方の基礎を1カ月で学んでもらいます。生徒は現役の大工から趣味で木工を楽しむ人、アーティストなど様々で55人の生徒を受け入れました。また海外での1週間短期ワークショップ(200名)・日本での1日木工体験ワークショップ(100名)を開催し、世界中の木工ファンと木工をシェアしています。






Lesson 1 日本の道具についての説明(かんな)34min

Lesson 2 日本の道具についての説明(のみ)2.5min

Lesson 3 日本の道具についての説明(鋸、日本のジョイナリーについて) 54min

Lesson 4 日本の道具についての説明(のみ)21min


Lesson 5 鑿のセットアップ 36min

Lesson 6 鑿を研ぐ 50min

Lesson 7 鉋の調整と刃の研ぎ方 60min

Lesson 8 色んな鉋の調整 60min


Lesson 9 道具の使い方 60min


Lesson 10 nature of tree 60min


Lesson 11 砥石台を作る 60min

Lesson 12 砥石台を作る 60min

Lesson 13 砥石台を作る 18min


Lesson 14 道具箱を作る 19min

Lesson 15 道具箱を作る 9min


Lesson 16 基準線の取り方 47min


Lesson 17 渡りあご上 40min

Lesson 18 渡りあご下 40min


Lesson 19 考え方 4min

Lesson 20 ホゾとホゾ穴 4min



(あり仕口 凸/凹-31分 鎌継 凸/凹-26分 金輪継-19分 追っかけ継-12分 

台持ち継-13分 送り蟻 凸/凹-23分 鼻栓ほぞ-7分)

・砥石台の作り方 15分 

・さしがねの使い方 15分 

・印の付け方 8分

・かんなの調整方法 35分

・かんなの作り方 73分

・鑿の調整、研ぎ方 23分


Lesson 21 かけた刃の直し方 24min

     シャチ継ぎ 60min

Lesson 22 蟻仕口 56min


Lesson 23 お話 7min


Lesson 24 鉋をつくる 60min


Lesson 25 腰掛け蟻継ぎ 1 60min

Lesson 26 腰掛け蟻継ぎ2 60min


Lesson 27 お話 58min


Lesson 28 お話 7min


Lesson 29 自己紹介 2min

Lesson 30 お勧め竹中大工道具館 2min









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