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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Making Shoji by Toshio Odate

Description The construction of shoji – Japanese sliding doors and screens – requires great skill and attention to detail. Accompanied by a large number of well-labelled and illustrated photos and drawings, it taught me an astonishing amount about not only the techniques in question, but the reason and thinking behind those techniques.

Lists with This Book. Not one of those Western, free standing ones you saw in ‘s movies where the movie star goes behind it to change suggestively into ‘something a little more comfortable’, but rather those structural elements from Japanese homes. I’ve always wanted to try to build a Japanese screen.

For instance, I learned:. So that took 3 weeks.

They feel like purely human stories of growing up, striving for skill and work, dealing with one’s own shortcomings and disappointments, and in one particularly poingnant moment, learning how as tosyio grow up, your mother can no longer protect you from pain the way she once could. Once the glue dries about an hour you can spray the paper with water using an atomizer.


But it’s a good compromise making it easy to read. This book hit me with a profound feeling of insight that I liken to the time I first read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”.

Step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photos of each work in progress, give detailed information on how t The construction of shoji—Japanese sliding doors—requires intricate skills and attention to detail.

Clearly, the left list are traits central to Japanese culture. I almost squeee’d with glee.

Review: ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate

It’s a personality flaw of mine that I can concentrate on something so intently that I slow to a crawl and don’t make any progress. Hretgir marked it as to-read Mar 08, And pieces later.

Step-by-step instructions, illustrated by photographs of every stage, show readers how to prepare materials, lay out joints, cut the parts, and assemble two shoji projects: Skip to main content.

Ian Stubbs added it Nov 01, If while attempting this procedure, you listen very carefully when lightly sliding the blade along the straightedge, you can hear the fibers of the paper being cut. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Odate describes how to make the glue by first cooking regular, un-converted, medium makint rice. Myrte Van der velden marked it as to-read Jul 11, Chris DeVere rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Tyler Burton rated it liked it Jul 09, Some of the most wonderful facts I learned from the book were often asides in the material, or occasionally deeply philosophical thoughts brought down from Mr.


The driving force sgoji the way Japanese and American woodworkers approach materials is obviously based on how scarce or plentiful those materials have been, and continue to be, in their respective worlds. And I’d like to make some, hopefully in a way that is less cultural appropriation and more a way to honor the masters.

A Japanese craftsman is secretly proud of his skills, but would likely be mortified to place them foremost in his mind while performing the task. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Trees are rare and precious, especially large ones. However, installation is also the moment of truth. However the task is within the reach of amateur woodworkers.

And I never put it together before reading this book. Paperbackpages.

With that desire in tozhio, I went on Amazon and ordered a book. Ruediger Narr marked it as to-read May 09, Odte Japan, I’d say a woodworker there is driven first by a fear of shame and secondarily by pride in his work. I had some spalted, quartersawn sycamore and cherry pieces left over and here is the result. Western woodworkers seem to push their work out, to the world, divorced from the craftsmen when completed. No trivia or quizzes yet.