Tak Yoshino is a Japanese furniture master craftsman specializing in the design and fabrication of hand made ergonomic chairs designed specifically for the sitter. His chairs are inspired by Zen Buddhism, specifically "zazen" the meditative sitting technique used to raise the "Ki" energy. He established his working studio Wood Working Studio COM in 1986 and has won numerous awards both in Japan and abroad. Tak has become a regular in Hawaii showing in the Hawaii Wood Show with the Hawaii Forest Industry Association since 2011.
KANNA, THE JOINT AND THE CHAIR
Japanese furniture maker Tak Yoshiko will be teaching a workshop on the Kanna, or Japanese hand plane. He will cover sharpening and preparation, and set up of the Kanna. The workshop will instruct students in the use of the Kanna in traditional Japanese woodworking and the use of this flexible tool to carve the complex convex and concave shapes used in Tak’s furniture. Students are encouraged to be innovative with the application of the flexible tool and come up with their own ways of using Kanna in their work. The workshop will cover traditional Japanese joinery. Tak will guide students in a hands on experience making joints. Tak will share his philosophy of furniture making and the Zen principles he uses to design his furniture and chairs.
Students will be provided with a Kanna, a sharpening stone, and a small 12”x4”x1 1/2 “ piece of wood to experiment with the different techniques. This piece may be formed into a small piece. Advanced students are encouraged to bring their own pieces of wood to the class for larger scale project if they wish. Due to the show nature of this class, Tak will be able to cover the principles and demonstrate the different techniques of the Kanna and the joints as well as share the philoshopy ad design principles behind his work, but will not be able to build a whole chair. The Kanna used in the workshops are hand made by Japanese craftsmen and will be available for sale along with the sharpening stone.
Members are encouraged to enroll for this workshop early due to limited class size.
SAVE THE DATES !
We are super excited to announce a new twist on a past successful fundraising event. A virtual silent auction! Were taking a page from our previous FORMable Feast events. BUT no buying tickets, no fancy outfits, no traffic, no parking hassles, no rubber chicken dinners, no too tight fancy shoes, no idle chit chat, no volunteer shifts, no bar bill, no hangover - well that still depends on you, you can indulge at home and save the Uber fare! It’s all virtual and all online. We need to raise $30,000 this year to keep Hawaii Craftsmen solvent. About 30% of that will come from membership dues; renew today! but the rest we will raise with donations and events.
Artists - look for a letter outlining how you can contribute art to the auction. In alignment with Hawaii Craftsmen's mission we are giving you the option of donating 50% or 100% of the sale from your item/s. We suggest you provide items with various price points with at least one in the $300 to $500 value range. You will need to help us promote this first time online version - but, do not worry, we will make it easy for you. We’ll need the application and images back by Wednesday March 28, 2018. More information and the donation form are on this page.
Art Buyers - coming soon, a virtual invitation to the virtual event. We will open the auction site for previewing and registration (no charge!) on April 1. On Sunday April 15 at 5pm we will commence online bidding! And on Sunday April 22 at 6pm the bidding will end. Our goal is to auction off 100 items netting at least $10,000.
We’re calling it inFORMable Feast. The only thing not virtual is the art you make and the dollar bills paid to bring that art into your home. Mark your calendars: Entry form deadline for art to auction off - March 28 and Auction dates April 15 to 22. We won’t see you then!
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Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of our member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts. We achieve our mission by increasing public awareness and appreciation of fine craft through community outreach and programs for craft artists. We provide opportunities for continuing education and regular exhibition of member work that supports and sustains a statewide community of craft artists. Our programs provide venues for shared experiences and communication and promote the organization and its members both within and without the State of Hawaii.
Our programs are designed for emerging and professional artists and craftsmen. They typically work with glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay or stone. Our members span generations from founding members (we have several Living Treasures on our roster) to students in art school. The raku program has a youth component and we have watched a generation of budding potters grow up. We take seriously our commitment to reach artist across the state and are the only arts organization to send our jurors to the neighbor islands to select work for our annual exhibition. We plan workshops on neighbor islands each year. On average, 20% or our membership (300+/-) are from the neighbor islands.
Our events are important to the community because they bring knowledge and skill to artists and audience across the Hawaiian Islands about craft in a variety of mediums. Our Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is the ONLY exhibition that is truly statewide and includes all craft mediums. Our workshops and exhibits are highly anticipated by our members and supporters every year because of the professionalism of the instructors as well as the high quality of the craft exhibited. We strive to bring teachers and jurors from the mainland to bring fresh talents skills and perspectives to our islands. Everyone gains from the experience and it goes both ways Teachers and juror return home with a newly realized appreciation of the fine craft and passionate artists in Hawaii. This knowledge has sometimes opened up new venues for HC artists to exhibit and sell their work. Living so far from other counties and the mainland is important we do not succumb to insularity, but reach out and provide educational programs and exhibition to artist and the public all across Hawaii Art and creativity reach across languages cultures and people of all ages to generate conversion and provide fresh perspective
For our 2014 programs we provided 634 artist experiences to approximately 250 individual artists. Because our programs are at popular arts venues such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, we reached just over 20,000 members of the public.
Hawaii Craft and Other Arts Organizations
Hawaii Craftsmen was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine craft in the art community of Hawaii. We are pleased to highlight the organizations listed here that provide a range of arts programs and services throughout the state to our members and the general public.