May Meeting

Japanese Woodworking Tools

Jay Speetjens

Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 PM

Our May program will feature the return of Jay Speetjens to discuss and demonstrate use of Japanese woodworking tools. Jay has been with us previously for programs on vacuum veneering and spoon carving.

He began his woodworking career after completing a course in stringed instrument making at the Roberto Venn school of Luthiery in Phoenix, then started designing and building electric guitars. He worked for several instrument and cabinet makers before opening his own shop in Greensboro in 1993 where he sells original work directly and through select galleries.

He also teaches aikido, a Japanese martial art, at a Greensboro Dojo, and says he incorporates the concepts of aikido into his original designs. While studying aikido in Japan, he was drawn to the aesthetics and craft traditions of Japan and East Asia and developed a passion for Japanese construction methods and their tools.

He has also published articles in a number of woodworking magazines including Fine Woodworking and Woodwork. Additionally, he is a member of the Piedmont Craftsman Guild, the Furniture Society and the Piedmont Japanese Carpentry club.

Should be a great program. Hope to see you there.

Host: Terry Tenhouse

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