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National Meeting: Far Eastern Woodworking w/Andrew Hunter & Woodworking School Announcement
Friday, November 17, 2023, 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Basil Hall, St John Fisher University
3690 East Avenue,
Registration is not Required
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National Meeting - Far Eastern Woodworking in a Western Shop -Andrew Hunter
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Inspired by the patience and dedication of a traditional Japanese apprenticeship, I embarked on a life-long journey to become a master furniture maker. Fifteen years ago, I began my self-imposed apprenticeship with a minimal collection of Japanese hand tools to teach myself the fundamental skills of woodworking. I spent over a year on blade sharpening alone. Along the way I explored the woodworking traditions of Japan, China, and Early America. I now integrate these influences with my own design aesthetic to create personal, one-of-a kind furniture pieces.
My simple shop is a place of quiet solitude where I can be present with my work. Through the use of hand tools, I create an intimate relationship with each piece of wood, combining my own spirit with that of the tree. I invest myself in the entire building process, from selecting wood from local sawmills to hand-forging my own hardware. It is this attention that gives a strong sense of presence to my work.
Today, I combine the fundamental skills I have learned with the efficiency of modern power tools to create furniture of heirloom quality with the hope that one day it will inspire a new generation of craftsmen artists.