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Wood Carving 4 week session

  • West County Herb Company Occidental, Ca (map)

Join Takayuki Zoshi, master woodcarver, on a journey into the world of wood, carving and spirit.

In 1981, Zoshi took a journey from Los Angeles to New York on foot as a part of the peace march working for nuclear disarmament. And although finishing the march is historically significant (only about seven people finished), what happened between the beginning and end changed his life. One evening in Kansas, his bonito knife (a Japanese knife used for shaving dried fish) transformed into his carving knife and a broken piece of walnut wood became his first Buddha.

Since then, Zoshi has become one of the most well known woodcarvers in the Buddhist tradition, although much of his carving goes beyond the realm of traditional Buddhist carvings and includes folk and modern contemporary western art. He's taught in the United States and Africa, and is often referred to as the Spirit Carver for his ability to merge moving spirit into the wood.

This four week session is open to any level of woodcarver; aspiring, beginner, intermediate and advanced. This four week session costs $180. Pre-paid registration is required for all attendees. Fees cover all materials used in class, please note that the knives belong to Zoshi, but your project will go home with you. There will be knives for purchase at the herb shop.

Class runs from 6:00pm-9:00pm on June 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

To register visit or call West County Herb Company.

Details For Class
In each session, you will receive instruction on how to hold your knife, as well as familiarizing yourself with different woods and how to use them. Japanese snacks and tea will be served. You will carve in circle, receiving instruction and support as you go, moving through the stages of your project. Samples of wood carving projects will be available to observe and be inspired by.

To learn more about Zoshi's work, please visit his website at

Earlier Event: June 1
Art At The Source Open Gallery
Later Event: July 27
One Day Intro To Woodcarving