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Woodwork Camping at Sassafras Nuts Farm - Wagata-Bon (Tray) Making-

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Sassafras Nuts Farm

4281 Braidwood Road

Sassafras, NSW 2622


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Japanese traditional Wagata- bon (tray) making craft camp in Sassafras Chestnut Farm. Kid's program available. Camp for stay. Meal supplied.

About this Event

2 days: 23, 24 January 2021

$300(tray making & 3 meals- dinner, breakfast, lunch)

Kids program

Japanese traditional Wagata- bon (tray) making craft camp in Sassafras Chestnut Farm.

Kid's program available.

Come and camp in the beautiful chestnut grove.

Hand-made meals supplied.

Wholistic craft and camping chestnut experience

This fun program will involve making a tray from chestnut wood, while camping among the 1000 chestnut trees at Sassafras. It is not difficult, even for beginners to make the tray, and has depth in knowledge and history.

Farm owner Richard and Alison will tell share their wealth of experience about chestnuts- how they grow, how the chestnut tree has shaped and influenced people in Asia, Europe and North America. Participants will be offered chestnuts as part of the meals provided.

The partnership with Sassafras Nuts is the goal of the owners, Richard and Alison, to have cultural activities along side the chestnut trees. This event is part of the “recovery process” for their farm as the Sassafras Community were severely affected by the Currawan Bushfire. Koitoya and Sassafras Nuts will donate all profits from this workshop to the Sassafras Community for bushfire recovery.

Wagata Bon

The distinctive tray, called Wagata-bon or Tasuke-bon, is typically made of chestnut wood that was abundant around Wagatani, Japan. Wagatani is a village in the Ishikawa region of Japan. In 1965 the village was flooded to make way for a dam. As a result, the tradition of tray making was lost.

A special feature of these trays are that the rim and base are carved from a single piece of freshly cut, undried chestnut wood (from branches and logs). Another feature is the vertical chisel marks on the tray.

Chestnut forests grow naturally in the Wagatani area. The trees were used as a source of shingles for traditional house building.

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 at the heart of reviving this once lost tray making tradition. He has been making the trays and teaching Wagata-bon to pass the tradition on to young makers in Japan.

Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Koitoya Design) learnt to make these trays under Shinichi Moriguchi in Japan in 2017. Hiroshi is aiming to revive this style of tray making in Australia in partnership with Sassafras Nuts, a chestnut farm located in the Budawang Ranges of Morton National Park.

Family friendly

You can share your tray making among your family members.

Minimum age to participate for the program independently will be 10 years old.

Kids under 10 years old can participate in the children’s program under parental and staff guidance.

Kid's program available

There is a separate children's program available to look after your kids while you do the tray making workshop.

Minimum age for the children's program will be 5 years old.

Unfortunately we are not able to look after kids under 5.

Maximum 5 to 6 kids.

Program Location

Sassafras Nuts (4281 Braidwood Road Sassafras NSW 2622)

Important Dates & Time

At time of application: Deposit of $100 required

20 Dec: Balance of payment required

23 Jan: (Sat) Start of program

8:00am Departure from Koitoya Design/Make/Teach

10:00am Meeting point at Sassafras Nuts

10:30am Program starts

24 Jan (Sun) End of the program

3:00pm Program finishes at farm


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

2. Listen to various stories related to chestnuts.

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, and chestnut related crafts.

4. Enjoy the environment of a chestnut farm.

5. Enjoy a night with oven cooked pizza and hear stories about chestnuts.

6. 3 meals included in the price.


Day 1

AM: Picking the timber, splitting the log experience.

Lunch: BYO lunch

PM: Roughing out the bottom by round chisels

Evening: Dinner with handmade pizza supplied.

Night: BYO tent and sleeping bag

Day 2

Breakfast: Continental breakfast provided.

AM: Finishing the bottom of the tray by round chisels

Lunch: Cold meal provided.

PM: Finishing the side of the tray by round chisels

Things to bring

Bring your own tent and sleeping bags.

Bring your lunch for the first day.


Dinner: Oven cooked pizza

Breakfast: Toast / Cereal

Lunch (2nd day): Cold meal; Crackers and salad

* BYO lunch for first day lunch

* Please email Hiroshi if you have dietary requirements.

* Drinking water, toilets are available


Tray making (Incl. 3 meals): $300

Kid's program (Incl. 3 meals): $70

Food only: adult (for 3 meals): $40

Food only: kids (for 3 meals): $25

Family discount

15% off from tray making tickets

Family discount will be apply if more than 3 people from same family (including kids) & more than 2 tray makers are included.

For example: 2 parents (2 tray makers) plus 1 child – 15% off for 2 tray making ticket.

Please pay the deposit full amount and discount will be given on the invoice for the balance of the payment later.

Class size

Maximum 10 tray makers

Minimum of 6 students required to open this workshop.

Number of staff

2 staff: Hiroshi (Koitoya), Richard (Sassafras Nuts)

1 kids program staff

Cancellation Policy

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

for more information please contact Hiroshi

koitoya@gmail.com / 0412340619

KOITOYA Design/Make/Teach & Sassafras Nuts

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