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Making Shoji has 20 ratings and 2 reviews. Koen said: What it promises to be: a relatively brief exposition of the tools and techniques of the tategu-shi. Buy a cheap copy of Making Shoji book by Toshio Odate. The construction of shoji–Japanese sliding doors–requires intricate skills and attention to detail. Making Shoji by Toshio Odate, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Trade seeks higher value for materials and no one values clear-grained softwoods more than the Japanese. For the Japanese, the work fundamentally references back to the woodworker, usually resulting in shame and embarrassment if the work ever shows itself to have been done incorrectly.

Toshio Odate Handcrafted Shoji Screen

For Japan, I’d say a woodworker there is driven first by a fear of shame and secondarily by pride in his work. Japanese craftsmanship is built more on refining traditional ways and using materials efficiently, where American craftsmanship is comparitively about new ideas and working quickly to get the job done.

The main challenge has instead been understanding how the myriad pieces relate to one another and assemble to create the whole. Or more likely in my case, ennui and then sleep.

I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts. Mathieu rated it it was ok Dec 28, With that desire in mind, I went on Amazon and ordered a book.

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As you can see from the following image, there are some gaps. Hence the way t he tools and the woodworkers who hold them each work.

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They read like near-mythic parables. Toryn Green added it Oct 21, Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. For these 12 pieces I had to create the 45 degree angles on each end and then plane my way up to get a precise fit.

Odate describes how to make the glue by first cooking regular, un-converted, medium grain rice. Accompanied by a large number of well-labelled and illustrated maing and drawings, it taught me an astonishing amount about not only the techniques in question, but the reason and thinking behind those techniques.

The paper has syoji excellent feel and is slightly off-white which works well for reading comfort, but isn’t the greatest for the photos, line drawings and art. For instance, I learned:.

I’ll probably try something similar to the second project as well, a decorative transom. This book hit me majing a profound feeling of insight that I liken to the time I first read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. Aa marked it as to-read Sep 30, To ask other readers questions about Making Shojiplease sign up. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

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Making Shoji

Technical chapters cover the Japanese mortis-and-tenon joint and home-made rice glue. Matt added it Toshhio 01, This is probably my favorite part of the process. Books by Toshio Odate. Book review — ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate.

Chris DeVere rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Want to Read saving…. Brooke Lauer marked it as to-read Jun 15, Trees in America are plentiful, fat and less valuable. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I almost squeee’d foshio glee. Looking for beautiful books? Ryan rated it liked it Jan 05, As described by Mr. Nacho Romano marked it as to-read Jul 04, I ordered it in about 14 nanoseconds and with the Prime account, had it on my doorstep in 23 and one half hours.

Hular added it Dec 02, In applying the washi paper to the shoji screen there are a couple different options. It pays off to attend to this as it will assist in not cutting odzte wood of the shoji unnecessarily.

To summarize, I’d say, and this is only me saying this a typical American thing to do here. Refresh and try again.