Tools of the Trade: Master, Journeyman, Apprentice, and Guild

Summer 2014 quarter

Taught by

Daryl Morgan

"The life so short, the craft so long to learn."



The rise of the great medieval artisan craft guilds of Europe and Japan began a transformation not only of the ways in which things were made and of the ways in which craftsmen were trained to make them, but of the fundamental relationship between capital and labor.  This course will investigate the world of the guilds and of the men, methods, tools, and materials they employed.  We will focus on the history of two guilds in particular, The Worshipful Company of Dublin Cabinetmakers and Joiners (of which the instructor's grandfather was a member) and The Kyoto Guild of Master Builders (of which the instructor is a member) and their effect on the cultures they inhabited.  During the program students will experience learning in much the same way as an 18th century apprentice might have, engaging both the work of the mind and of the hand as they make and learn to use a classic English bowsaw and a traditional handplane called a "coffin smoother."    

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Architecture, Design, 3D Art, Art History

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 pm


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Course Reference Number

Full Session (8 credits): 40133

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