planing woodI make fine wood furniture and teach small classes in fine woodworking techniques in the tradition of my teacher and mentor, the late James Krenov.

As part of my work and interest in traditional woodworking, I enjoy restoring and using older woodworking machinery and hand tools.

Please peruse the schedule and class descriptions links provided and get in touch if you find any of the offerings of interest. I am also available to work with students, beginners through advanced, on a one-on-one basis to focus on skills that are of particular interest to you.

If you have questions or would like more information about my work or the classes I offer, please contact me by email at azfinewoodworker@gmail.com or by phone at 602-308-9188.


Recent Items Of Interest:

  • Inoue Hamono

    Several years ago my friend Tak Yoshino, a master chairmaker in Fujikawaguchiko, introduced me to Tokio Inoue. Inoue san is the proprietor of Inoue Hamono in Sumida, Tokyo. “Hamono” roughly translates to “edge tool” – so a shop where one would find knives and/or woodworking tools. The shop was started over 100 years ago by Inoue san’s grandfather, later managed by his father and now himself. His son is involved in the business, which bodes well for the shop for at least another several decades.

    I was in Tokyo again in the fall of 2018, visiting my son who has lived there for seven years. And when in Tokyo, I never miss the chance to visit Inoue Hamono. On this occasion I was joined by my friend and fellow woodworker Glenn DeSouza, who was near the tail end of a stay in Tokyo of several months. Glenn is a fine photographer, and provided these photos from our visit. Inoue san, his wife, and son are gracious hosts, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Glenn and I indulged our passions for fine tools by purchasing a few items :-)

     

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