ZEN CHAIR: A Travelogue On Chair Making in Kawaguchiko, Japan

Bryan Geary presentation on Tak Yoshino’s chair making process

Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 1:30pm - 2:45pm

A presentation that recounts the experiences, techniques, and theories obtained while living and apprenticing as a Deshi of Master Takahiro Yoshino. Master Yoshinos’ workshop and home are located in the shadow of Mount Fuji, along the shores of Lake Kawaguchiko.

Takahiro Yoshino’s chairs, recliners and tables are superbly handcrafted, internationally renowned and highly sought after. I will be sharing Tak Yoshino’s chair theory, his use of traditional Japanese tools and his intricate joinery techniques.

Master Yoshino uses a technique of sculpture for creating maximum fit with the human body. This method uses over 300 small handmade planes called “Kanna”. The “Kanna” can create delicate and complicated three-dimensional curves for the chair.




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Bryan Geary is a furniture designer/builder. After completing his MFA in Furniture Design at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he now divides his time between his studio in Erie, Pennsylvania and Kawaguchiko, Japan where he apprentices under respected furniture maker Master Takahiro Yoshino.

Geary was a bagpipe maker at Gibson Bagpipes LTD. in Cleveland,Ohio.

He also served as an instructor/builder of sailboats and skiffs at Bayfront Maritime Center for Studies in Erie, Pennsylvania.