Knife Sharpening

Knife sharpening workshop will be organized by Mr. Shoichi Kitamura as the related programme of IMC2014.

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Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda B104
Date: Sept. 15 (Mon) 10:00 – 12:00
Fee: ¥2,500 (Please make a payment by cash on the day.)
Instructor: Shoichi Kitamura – a carver based in Kyoto
Entry: To participate in the workshop, please send by e-mail your name, address, telephone number, occupation, to the following address.
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Introduction to the theory and practice of mokuhanga knife sharpening, followed by Kitamura’s detailed demonstration of sharpening techniques and angles as well as the maintenance of sharpening stones. Let’s revive your knives back to the original condition when you purchased!  Once you learn certain points, sharpening is much easier than you think! No more worry to ruin your knives and no more procrastination to keep using dull!
*Please bring your tools and stones if possible so that we can work together with your tools.


About the instructor:

Shoichi graduated from Kyoto Seika University Faculty of Art Printmaking Department – Mokuhanga Program in 1992 and was subsequently employed by Matsukyu Woodblock Publishing. He was then apprenticed to Osamu Hotta, a master-carver in Kyoto. Since 2001, he has been working as a freelance carver and taught in Nagasawa Art Park residency. Shoichi has organized many workshops internationally including Japan, Finland and Denmark. He has collaborated with artists for publications in Singapore and Australia.

He is a member of Kyoto Woodblock Printmaking Association and a vice-chair of Kyoto branch of the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printmaking Association of Technical Preservation.