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Shoji: How to Design, Build, and Install Japanese Screens

Shoji: How to Design, Build, and Install Japanese Screens

by Jay Van Arsdale


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Japanese-style shoji screens are translucent, wooden-lattice panels that subtly transform light and space and add an elegant touch to any decor. This book contains all the information you need to design and make shoji for your own home or apartment.

* Notes on aesthetics and design fundamentals
* Complete how-to guide covering basic construction methods, screen materials, and wood selection
* Home projects, including window inserts, sliding and hanging screens, glass panel shoji, double- and single-sided shoji, skylight shoji, decorative wall boxes, and floor and table lanterns
* Introduction to Japanese hand tools and planing and joinery techniques
* Sample lattice patterns, photographs, and line drawings for design and remodeling ideas
* List of suppliers

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568365336
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Publication date: 08/02/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

JAY VAN ARSDALE is a carpenter and shoji maker who teaches classes in Japanese tools and woodworking techniques. He lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

Preface 6

1 Designing with Space and Light 9

2 Wood, Paper, and Tools 17

Traditional Aesthetics, Modern Applications 18

About Wood 20

Wood Varieties 22

Paper and Paper Substitutes 24

Installations 26

About Japanese Tools 28

Layout Tools 30

Chisels 31

Planes 35

Saws 38

Polishing Stones 40

3 Making a Simple Shoji Screen 45

Planning 46

Deriving Overall Measurements 48

How Much Wood? 48

Milling, Squaring, and Inspecting the Lumber 50

Preparing the Frame 51

Preparing the Lattice 54

Assembly 58

Completing the Shoji 59

Putting on the Face 60

4 Projects for the Home 63

Lattice Patterns 70

Stationary Panels 74

Liner Boxes 76

Hipboards 78

Sandwich Shoji 79

Glass-Panel Shoji 80

Closets, Cabinets 81

Shoji with Movable Panels 82

Valances, Hanging Screens 84

Ceiling Fixtures, Skylights 86

Decorative Wall Boxes 87

Lanterns 88

Freestanding Screens 90

Outdoor Shoji 91

Joinery Options 92

Appendix 93

Security 94

Books on Japanese Tools and Woodworking 94

Paper Vendors 95

Tool Vendors 95

Index 96

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