Wagata-Bon Japanese Traditional Tray Making - KOITOYA Woodworking Class 201...

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KOITOYA Design/Make/Japanese Woodworking Class

1/7 William Street

Oaks Estate, ACT 2620


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Wagata Bon - Japanese Traditional Tray Making

2 days, $260 inc.GST

1. 4-5 May 2019

2. 28-29 Sep. 2019

What is Wagata Bon?

Wagata Bon

The tray, called Wagata-bon or Tasuke-bon for its distinct style, is typically made of chestnut wood that was abundant around Wagatani, Ishikawa, Japan. Wagatani village was flooded under a dam in 1965 and the tradition of the tray making became lost. Its rim and bottom are carved out of a single piece of fresh, un-dried wood and there are vertical chisel marks that feature on the tray.

This style of tray appears to have been made by several woodworkers in the village and came in various sizes that depended on what scrap materials were available for use at the time. Very few of the original trays have been found outside the vicinity of Wagatani, so this suggests that they may have been locally bartered for food and daily necessities by the woodworkers.

Shinichi Moriguchi has been in the heart of reviving this once lost tray making. He has been making the tray and teaching Wagata-bon making to pass the tradition to young maker in Japan.

Hiroshi has learnt this skill in 2017 in Japan under Shinichi Moriguchi. Hiroshi is aiming to revive this style of tray making in Australia, to conect with chestnut project in Sassafras Nuts farm, in his Japanese way.

Why using chestnut at Sassafras Nuts?

Chestnut was used for this traditional Wagata-bon making in Japan. Chestnut is a great material for various craft making.

Chestnut trees in Sassafras Nuts farm are cut down when they come to the end of their nut production life. It is Hiroshi and owners, Richard and Alison's dream to use this wonderful material to give it a second life.

Sassafras Nuts farm



2 days, 10 hours in total

Proposed time schedule for each day.

Day 1 : 9:30-12:00 | 13:00-16:00

Day 2 : 9:00-11:00 | 12:00-14:30


Koitoya Japanese Woodworking Class (Oaks Estate, ACT)


Hiroshi Yamaguchi (KOITOYA Design/Make/Teach)

23 years of experience. Learned in Takayama, Japan.

Learnt Wagata bon making under Shinichi Moriguchi in 2017.



  1. Making Japanese traditional style tray, Wagata-bon

You will gain the following from signing up

  1. Small to middle size tray, all made by yourself by hand.
  2. Hands-on knowledge about round chisel usage.
  3. knowledge about Wagata-bon.


Day 1

AM: Picking the timber, experience of splitting a log using hand tools.

PM: Roughing out the inside by round deep chisels

Day 2

AM: Finishing the inside of the tray by round shallow chisels

PM: Finishing the side of the tray by plane.



Class size

Maximum 8

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Cancellation Policy

0-6 days: 20% cancellation fee if position is not filled.

more than 7 days notice: full refund will be given.

for more information please contact Hiroshi

koitoya@gmail.com / 0412340619

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