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Lakes Area Unlimited Learning to host woodworking expert Jan. 10 in Crosby

Kumiko motifs symbolize strength, health, beauty and longevity. They are commonly used to decorate shoji screens, the room partitions in Japanese homes and businesses.

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Japanese art of woodworking called kumiko. Photo illustration, Shutterstock, Inc.

Lakes Area Unlimited Learning will present Vince W. Cook, Brainerd, an expert in the woodworking craft of Kumiko, a 400-year-old style that uses pressure and precise angles to form about 200 traditional patterns, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, in the Forum Room at Crosby-Ironton High School.

Kumiko motifs symbolize strength, health, beauty and longevity. They are commonly used to decorate shoji screens, the room partitions in Japanese homes and businesses.

A lifelong woodworker, Cook has studied furniture making, design and finishing at North Bennet Street School in Boston and the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. In 2017, he received an arts grant from the Five Wings Arts Council to study Kumiko at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.

Cook will present a film and demonstrate the art of Kumiko at Unlimited Learning’s meeting. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

For more information about membership, contact Sally Ihne at sihnecharter.net or call 218-829-2544.

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