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Making Shoji Paperback – July 1, 2000
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For the woodworker this book is a detailed study of the techniques and processes involved in creating an object that is simple in its concept and incredibly complex in it's potential. To the student of Japanese culture the book is a vivid tour of the philosophy and commitment that underlie many of the simple, traditional factors of their lives, from doors to teacups. An insight into some of their aesthetic underpinnings.
Homeowners in Japan would collect and age wood, especially for their houses. Then an itinerant craftsman would take up residence for the time needed, building both his workshop and then features expected of him. All the tools he used must be easily portable and capable of work both delicate and massive. For a true master, an intricate door would take a day, despite being made completely from scratch.
Odate combines instruction with anecdote, while the photographs and diagrams are easy to follow. Compared to the traditional way a Japanese learned carpentry (by 'peeking' at the master) this book is a gift for those who want to master the Japanese toolset. For someone like me, who is used to modern machinery and automation, the book is a lesson in humility as well.
For someone with a moderate to high level of woodworking experience the book does not add an abundance of new information. Insight into the Japanese woodworkers mind as to their regard to wood was certainly appreciated. While working in Japan I learnt that most wood items in the homes were highly revered. The author helps to explain such mentality.
General Western fine woodworking tools would be adequate to accomplish the shoji panels. The author does lay out some special techniques and jigs that would be needed in the building the panels, which was most helpful. While in Japan I was most impressed with the intricate geometric and flower designs of the transom panels. The author does delve into that arena with a basic geometric pattern. His instruction really helps one to understand the intricacies and time involved to accomplish building one such panel. However, most of the book covers the basics of shoji panels, something the accomplished woodworker should be able to figure out on his own. Having been in the trades for over 30 years there was not much new for me. But for the beginner and intermediate, it should be a book that would help, should you desire to make shoji panels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is light in design concepts and the project plans are small drawings with no dimensions. This book provide very little text, mainly poor quality photographs with captions. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Greg McNabb
I really appreciate Toshio Odate's contribution to the woodworking world, I hope he writes another book soon.Published 8 months ago by william o.
I had the privilege of meeting Odate-san at the valley forge woodworking convention and he is awesome. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mesteno
This man is a master craftsman, and well qualified to teach you how to do this intricate and difficult work. When you have done
as he directs you to and made a shoji. Read more
Was looking for a DIY book to make my own screens. Buying them commercial is outrageously expensive. It explains very little. I ended up sending it back to Amazon.Published on January 28, 2014 by A. Spencer
this is a great book and rounds out my little library on Japanese woodworking. It is not as good as Des Kings Kumiko book, but it very definitely compliments it. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Sir Evanism
If you are interested in making shoji, or just love the aesthetic, this is the book for you. Very detailed!Published on August 22, 2013 by kimono girl
After remodeling my master bath, a new type of door is called for and not available on the market. My remodeler is using this book to build the door and window treatment for this... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Mary