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Title:
Making shoji
Author:
Ōdate, Toshio.
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Publication Information:
Fresno, CA : Linden Pub., [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
119 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780941936477
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Toshio Odate gives seminars on Japanese woodworking throughout the United States and Europe. He also teaches sculpture and 3-dimensional design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.


Table of Contents

Publisher's Notep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Introductionp. 9
Japanese Tradition and Craftsman's Attitudep. 10
A Brief History of the Shojip. 12
The Common Shojip. 14
An Occurrence Under the Overhangp. 52
The Japanese Transomp. 56
The Japanese Mortise-and-Tenonp. 76
The Story of a Regrettable Scarp. 84
Japanese Rice Gluep. 86
Shoji Paperp. 90
Varieties of Shojip. 96
Afterword: My Apprenticeship in Japanp. 108
Indexp. 118