The intricate geometric designs that decorate shoji screens are called kumiko, and although they look very difficult to make, they actually aren’t. The frames are made quickly at the table saw, and the small infill pieces are made with a chisel and pair of guide blocks. In this class students will learn the fundamentals of kumiko by first making a small panel with one leaf pattern in it. Students will then learn how to lay out the frame for a larger panel, and fill it in with leafs of different sizes. Along the way, Matt will explain and demonstrate how the jigs and techniques he uses to create decorative Japanese panels efficiently without sacrificing accuracy and beauty. It’s an enjoyable process that’s easy to fit into a few hours at a time; perfect for the busy woodworker who’s able to find shop time an hour or two at a time. The panels make great gifts for birthdays and the holidays.