Kumiko Wood Working - Windsor, NS

Soldier On will be hosting in collaboration with Woodswoman a Kumiko wood working sessions in Windsor Nova Scotia. An ancient form of Japanese latticework, Kumiko is created by assembling wooden slats into interlocking geometric patterns with no nails or glue. There will be 2 groups selected to do 5 sessions of 3 hours each, it is important that you are able to do all the sessions as they build on each other. Group 1 will be from 1000- 1300 on Wednesdays the 12, 26 October and 2, 9, 16 November 2022. Group 2 will be from 1800-2100 on Mondays the 7, 14, 21, 28 November and 5 December 2022.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
 
Using a creative avenue as part of their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Regardless of the current skill level, the participants will receive expert instruction on Kumiko wood working skills.
The series of sessions will build on the participant’s skills from:
 
Week 1: Tools and Materials
- Tools (Sharpening facilitation)
- What Type of Wood and Where to Find It
- How to Mill Wood
 
Week 2: Making the Frame
- The Anatomy behind Kumiko (How it all comes together)
- Making a Sled for Finger Joint Jigs
- Making Thin Strips for the Frame
- Assemble the Frame 1
- Assemble the Frame 2
 
Week 3: Making an Asa-No-Ha Pattern
- Parts of the Pattern: Diagonal, Hinge Piece, Locking Piece
- Making the Diagonal Piece
- Cutting Offset Bevels and Fitting the Hinge Pieces
- Make the Locking Piece
 
Week 4: The Hashtag Pattern
- Cutting Notches
- Ripping Out Thin Strips for the Pattern
- Assembling the Pattern and Cutting the Hashtag to Fit
 
Week 5: The Finishing Touches
- Sanding
- Selecting a Finish
 
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Jackie Toner linktr.ee/woodswoman_woodworkingWeek 4: The Hashtag Pattern
- Cutting Notches
- Ripping Out Thin Strips for the Pattern
- Assembling the Pattern and Cutting the Hashtag to Fit
 
Week 5: The Finishing Touches
- Sanding
- Selecting a Finish
 
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Jackie Toner linktr.ee/woodswoman_woodworkingWeek 4: The Hashtag Pattern
- Cutting Notches
- Ripping Out Thin Strips for the Pattern
- Assembling the Pattern and Cutting the Hashtag to Fit
 
Week 5: The Finishing Touches
- Sanding
- Selecting a Finish
 
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Jackie Toner linktr.ee/woodswoman_woodworking

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 12.
 
Minimum eligibility criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from within 1.5 hours from event location who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
 
Serving Members:
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
 
Mental & Physical Requirements: 
Participants must be able to tolerate 3 hours of light paced activities. Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the session. Some degree of visual acuity is needed to work with fine detail, hand eye coordination is also imperative.
 
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.  Participants are advised that NO travel, meals or accommodations for this event will be reimbursed.
 
Deadline for Nomination Forms
Must be received by Soldier On NLT 7 October 2022.
Click here to fill out your expression of interest.
 
COVID-19
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount.

While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
 
Confirmation Details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
 
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

Conclusion
Kumiko wood working is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves. 
 

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