Yōkoso – Welcome
We’re a not-for-profit organisation providing opportunities for people across the UK and beyond to explore the amazing world of Japanese woodwork and carpentry. Discover traditions and best practice from master crafts men and women direct from Japan.
Showcasing Masters and Makers from all disciplines, we uncover the past, present and future of Japanese woodcraft. Through online resources, workshops and events in 2020, we aim to inspire and educate a new generation.
The Japan Woodcraft Association (JWA) is founded and self-financed by Daigo Smith, a woodworker in London with family roots in Japan. Recently launched, we’re at the start of a journey. Take a look around, we’d love your feedback.
- Promote understanding and enjoyment of Japanese woodcraft traditions
- Offer Japanese crafts people a platform to connect with a global audience
- Showcase correct techniques, tools and traditions
- Strengthen and preserve the culture of woodcraft in Japan
- Act as a conduit between the UK and Japan woodcraft communities
Latest Blog Posts
Imagine taking 8 years to build not just 1, but 2 stunning shrines made of Japanese cypress, then 12 years later to take them down and start again? That’s exactly what happens at Jingu Shrine in Isu City, Mie Prefecture in a 20 year cycle that’s part of the ‘Shikinen Shengu‘ ceremony. The last one …
Born in Japan, Making in the USA Introducing the first in a series of features on makers who’ve emigrated from Japan and set up a new life abroad with traditional Japanese woodwork values at their heart. In 1985, Hiroshi Sakaguchi and his wife, Ann, established ‘Ki Arts’, a traditional Japanese woodworking business in Sonoma County, …
Kicking off the first in our series of ‘Japan Woodcraft Journeys‘, we profile professional makers who’ve travelled to Japan to study and learn from master crafts men and women. First up is UK-based designer and maker – Hugh Miller, author of ‘Japanese Wood Craftsmanship’.
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A wonderful morning visiting acclaimed woodworker and artist @shuji_nakagawa in his workshop and showroom by the shores of Lake Biwa just outside Kyoto. His work has a clean, simple design aesthetic born from traditional Japanese culture, yet displaying his handprint of innovation. Shuji and his team @nakagawa_mkkg are shaping the future of Japanese woodcraft. Pics of me haphazardly using Shuji's drawknife to come in a full blog post! #japanesewoodworking #japaneseart #woodworking #woodcraft #woodcrafters #handmade #japanesewoodworkingtools #woodart #woodartist #wooddesign