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Jioh Kang

Country: Korea
Course: Woodworking & Furniture Restoration
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Jan 14, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019

I have two years of experience working at a wood shop. My motivation to join Accademia was to expand my knowledge of craftsmanship and to accomplish the master's course. I see the incredible value of furniture design because there are no longer as many carpenters as we've had in the past. Due to the advancement of factories and machinery, there is no longer the beauty of fitted furniture which made me start to question.

Oct. 30, 2019 | Posted in Reports, Woodworking , | Tags:, Reporter: Jioh Kang | Course: Woodworking

Furniture Making & Restoration vol.9 (One-Year Course – Jioh)

Wood carving lessons. To understand the basic of wood joints, there are few methods to be used. First basic joint is half lap. Cut half of the front 2-3cm part of the wooden stick and collapse together.
Box joint is a zigzagged square teeth. For example, 8cm width wood board, mark 2cm meter gaps and cut out the inverses to create a joint.
Dovetail joint is the strongest and enduring joint. All the joints could be done by using the machine but the challenge with Renato is to learn how to make everything by hand.

Furniture Making blog

Learn how to engrave the wood sticks used for picture frames.
Thickness of the 3cm by 3cm wood block 12cm long. Find the center by drawing a x. Mark the half line of depth and 2cm gaps. The dots shouldn’t be parallel, has to be tilting one after the other. Draw the connecting lines. Use hot glue gun to attach the wooden block on to the supporting wood.

Furniture Making blog

Furniture Making blog

First use the handed blade to soften the sharp edges. The arm should be attached to the abdominal part to control the power. Fix the shoulder and only move the arm gently up and down. Watch out not to shave the wood too much. Once the edge becomes round, use the chisel to control the thickness of lines and depth. Follow the line and control the movement to gently shave the wood.

Furniture Making blog

Revisit to varnished vase plate. I’ve decided to shape the plate in oval. To shape the plate, I used the handsaw to cut out the shape. To clean the rough edges, I used a long flat metal file. Once it’s done, use rough and fine sandpapers to smoothen the edges.

Furniture Making blog

Furniture Making blog

Art visit
Borgo di Santa Croce
It’s a street filled with Palazzos after Palazzos. One of my favorites is the casa Vasari. The house was donated by the Medici’s family to honor him and he painted beautiful frescoes all over the house.

Borgo Allegri: meaning by the neighborhood of the happy ones in Italian. Back in the 13th century, Cimabue’s studio was located in Borgo Allegri and Charles d’Anjou visited the area represented the beauty of Firenze. Vasari was impressed by this avantgarde idea and understanding of feasta through mess. The true happiness could only exist where all the beautiful and ugly skins are bare.


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