Netsuke are small objects originally dating from Edo-era Japan used to fasten the sash on noblemen's robes. Over the intervening centuries they have come to be highly personalised statements of great artistic and historical merit. We invite you to explore and develop your own understanding of Netsuke in this two-day carving workshop by master carver Hape Kiddle.
This course uses a supplied design to introduce students to the netsuke form. Hape discusses tool knowledge in Netsuke carving and tool sharpening, an often-overlooked cornerstone of producing fine work.
Beginner carvers will be encouraged to explore the material and techniques involved in netsuke carving, while Hape has also incorporated into the course design extensions for established carvers to investigate and use to extend their skills. As such, this course is suitable for carvers of all abilities and experiences.
Students will complete the course with their own carved netsuke and a detailed knowledge of the tools and maintenance required to continue exploring the craft.
The two day course will run from 10am to 4.30pm on each day of the weekend. Two seperate weekends are being hosted to accommodate demand - one on the 24th and 25th of November, and the next on the 8th and 9th of December. All classes will take place at JTA's workshop at 29 Production Av, Kogarah, NSW.
Cost of the course is $490 and includes lunch, a specialised Japanese carving knife and protective kevlar carving gloves. It also includes other tools for use during the workshop as well as all materials. If you would like to secure your spot, please choose to pay either the full fee or a $200 deposit to secure your spot. Full payment will be required before the commencement of the course.