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Shoji and Kumiko Design: Book 1 The Basics Paperback – January 30, 2012
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About the Author
After completing the twelve-month Postgraduate Architecture Course at Shokugei Gakuin, Toyama, Japan in 2009, Des King returned to Australia, and set up a workshop on the Gold Coast, Queensland, where he makes shoji and continues to explore the many advanced kumiko patterns.
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It's also worth mentioning that this book is possibly the best English-language reference for the care and tuning of Japanese-styled hand planes. He dedicates the first portion of this book to ensuring that you understand how to set-up, care for, and occasionally tune-up these planes that are the backbone of kumiko work.
If you know what you're doing here and are just looking for a great reference, or if you're looking for something new to do in woodworking, this book is a must-have. It will keep you busy for quite some time to come!
If you want to know the art, history and every esoteric process that goes behind making shoji and kumiko, this is the absolute number-one without-question book to get.
It delves deeply into each part of the process. It covers the background, the why, the Ken, the tricks, tips, gotchas and philosophy.
It is a masterpiece from an artist who is has a deep understanding of his art. It is very clear, like sitting with a true master, that this is simply book one. You will be filled to overflowing and your brain will burst with new knowledge, profound AH-HA moments and a real desire to rush out and DO... but you will also realise that this book (and Des himself) has such a profound quantity to show that simply being a student, no matter how good, will take a loooong time to get to this level (if ever).
Then there is book 2.
This book will absolutely make it to be one of the absolute golden must-haves in every craftsmans library in a century.
It is worth every cent. You will keep it forever and I would not be surprised if you still learn from it in 40 years time.
I am incredibly pleased to finally have such a detailed level of information available in English. I can't wait for the next volumes.
Many thanks for his great book