Making Shoji

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The construction of shoji—Japanese sliding doors—requires intricate skills and attention to detail. This guide to creating shoji brings together both traditional insight and technical mastery of the craft from the perspective of an apprenticed sliding-door maker. Step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photos of each work in progress, give detailed information on how to construct both common shoji and Japanese transom (a piece found between rooms and above sliding doors). The correct use of Japanese tools is ...

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Overview

The construction of shoji—Japanese sliding doors—requires intricate skills and attention to detail. This guide to creating shoji brings together both traditional insight and technical mastery of the craft from the perspective of an apprenticed sliding-door maker. Step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photos of each work in progress, give detailed information on how to construct both common shoji and Japanese transom (a piece found between rooms and above sliding doors). The correct use of Japanese tools is discussed, as are techniques for marking lines, making specific joints and handles, using rice glue, and applying shoji paper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941936477
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 119
  • Sales rank: 540,231
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Toshio Odate gives seminars on Japanese woodworking throughout the United States and Europe. He has written articles for "Fine Woodworking Magazine," "American Woodworker," and "Woodshop News" and is the author of "Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use." He lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 9
Japanese Tradition & Craftsman's Attitude 10
A Brief History of the Shoji 12
The Common Shoji 14
An Occurrence Under the Overhang 52
The Japanese Transom 56
The Japanese Mortise-and-Tenon 76
The Story of a Regrettable Scar 84
Japanese Rice Glue 86
Shoji Paper 90
Varieties of Shoji 96
Afterword: My Apprenticeship in Japan 108
Index 118
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