Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Interest List- Japanese Bowl Carving with Masa Nitani

  • 31 Mar 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Guild Shop or Multnomah Art Center



INTEREST LIST - Japanese Bowl Carving - not a class (yet)

Register your interest in taking this five hour class on carving bowls in the Japanese style

      Instructor- Masa Nitani

Masa Nitani has fifty years of carving experience and is now retired, having moved to Portland in 1983 from northern Japan, where he was apprenticed for three years.  Masa made his living here doing a variety of construction and specialty restoration projects, but has done carving all along the way.

The requirements for this class haven't been determined yet, but if you have taken Chuck's Foundations class those tools should work.  Masa uses mostly Japanese derived tools, many with his own handle designs, along with a few UK western tools but we don't expect you to purchase Japanese tools, or make your own.

Masa said his teaching technique is to demonstrate a lot and lecture a little.  His English is OK, but not great, but he communicates well.  He likes to demonstrate his techniques irrespective of any design and wants to help you learn these techniques so you can apply them to your own design.  This class is expected to be a combination of demonstration and practice, but is not expected to result in a bowl or other finished project.

Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

COST of the class will likely be $75 - 100, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.  As we pin down class details you will be notified and a new class event will be posted on the web.  At that point you will register for real.

If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at

Please register online.

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