Make a shoji screen as you learn to work with Japanese layout tools, chisels, planes, and saws at BARN's Woodworking Studio.

Gary Bella grew up in western Pennsylvania. After college and art school, he moved to the Bay Area and began working in residential construction in Marin County. He later specialized in finish carpentry while developing a design/build business. He took classes in traditional Japanese woodworking and helped build Japanese-style houses and tea houses in California, New York, and Washington. After he moved to Bainbridge in 2003, he continued to build Japanese-inspired projects for private clients. He was among the craftsmen who restored the Japanese guest house at Bloedel Reserve and continues to do work there.