The Genius of Japanese Carpentry

  • Filename: the-genius-of-japanese-carpentry.
  • ISBN: 9781462913787
  • Release Date: 2014-01-07
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Azby Brown
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing



This new edition of this Azby Brown architecural classic contains a new preface by Brown, fully revised chapters, along 25% new photography and in color for the first time. An extraordinary and ambitious work of architectural reconstruction is underway in twenty-first century Nara. The Genius of Japanese Carpentry is the story of the twelve-hundred-year-old Yakushiji monastery and the dedicated modern-day craftsmen who are working to restore what has been lost to the depredations of time, fire, and warfare. In the eighth century, anonymous carpenters first erected the intricately-designed timber temples and pagodas that compose the Yakushiji Buddhist monastery. Then as today, these buildings were considered marvels of architectural elegance and traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Although the full restoration will not be complete until 2030, one of the main temples, the Picture Hall, has been completely reconstructed, employing the original methods, architectural style, and largely the same woodworking technology as its predecessors. Azby Brown chronicles the Picture Hall's painstaking restoration through photographs, extensive interviews with the carpenters and woodworkers, and original drawings based on the plans of Japanese master carpenter Tsunekazu Nishioka. An inspiring testament to the craftsmen, their dedication to excellence, and their philosophy of work as personal fulfillment, The Genius of Japanese Carpentry offers detailed documentation of this singular project and a moving reminder of the humanity that bridges past and present.

Japanese Woodworking Tools

  • Filename: japanese-woodworking-tools.
  • ISBN: 0941936465
  • Release Date: 1998-01-01
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Linden Pub



A complete guide to the tools used by a shokunin, or master Japanese craftsman, for both beginning woodworkers and professionals.

The Joint Book

  • Filename: the-joint-book.
  • ISBN: PSU:000050605347
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Terrie Noll
  • Publisher:



All the knowledge woodworkers need to choose the right joint for the job. Covers every basic joint in every joint family, including a range of joint variations and helpful jigs.

Traditional Japanese Furniture

  • Filename: traditional-japanese-furniture.
  • ISBN: 087011722X
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Author: 和子·小泉
  • Publisher: Kodansha International



Focusing on the furniture of the Edo and early Meiji periods, this text lookst the history, aesthetics and techniques of hand-worked traditional Japaneseurniture.

Shoji and Kumiko Design

  • Filename: shoji-and-kumiko-design.
  • ISBN: 0987258311
  • Release Date: 2015-06-25
  • Number of pages: 226
  • Author: Desmond King
  • Publisher:



In Shoji and Kumiko Design Book 2 Beyond the Basics, Des King continues on from where he finished with Book 1 The Basics, and takes instruction in shoji patterns and kumiko art to the next level. Book 2 explores much more complex kumiko arrangements with two stunning shoji projects, and an extensive array of beautiful and intricate kumiko patterns, ranging from relatively simple, to highly advanced. He provides detailed instructions with more than 500 photographs and diagrams on how to make more than forty kumiko patterns in the square, diamond and hexagonal layout using tools found in any Western workshop, and simple shop-made jigs. No specialized tools are required for the patterns covered in Book 2. The kinds of patterns in this book will turn a simple attractive shoji into a an exquisite and eye-catching work of art that will add great flair and style to your home.

Bent Ply

  • Filename: bent-ply.
  • ISBN: 1568984057
  • Release Date: 2003-10-01
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Dung Ngo
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press



Plywood is arguably the most modern design artifact: it is a material born of natural wood and formed by vigorous industrial processes that can assume the most organic of shapes through bending, laminating, and molding. plywood truly fulfills that most modern of dreams: bridging the gap between technology and nature. Bent Ply is the first book devoted to plywood in modern design. The book consists of two parts: the first, an illustrated history of plywood (tracing its origins to ancient Egypt, circa 2900 BC); the second, an annotated journal of the making of a piece of bent plywood furniture, from the forest to the showroom. Bent Ply contains numerous illustrations of the classics of bent ply design, including furniture from Alvar Aalto, Michael Thonet, and Charles and Ray Eames, and examples of its appropriation by the military: John F. Kennedys PT109 boat and the DeHavilland Mosquito were both fabricated from plywood. Anyone interested in furniture design, woodworking, or materials will be fascinated by Bent Ply.

Making Shoji

  • Filename: making-shoji.
  • ISBN: 0941936473
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 119
  • Author: Toshio Ōdate
  • Publisher: Linden Pub



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.

Measure and Construction of the Japanese House

  • Filename: measure-and-construction-of-the-japanese-house.
  • ISBN: 9781462916849
  • Release Date: 2015-04-28
  • Number of pages: 152
  • Author: Heino Engel
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing



A remarkable classic work on traditional Japanese architecture and its general integrative quality, the order of space and form, the flexibility of partitions and room functions and other important or unique qualities. The author describes in detail, and with numerous architectural plans and drawings, the influence of the anatomy of the Japanese human body on traditional units of measurement and on house construction. This work is not simply a description of the features of the Japanese house, but "an invitation to probe the possibilities of utilizing this architectural achievement of the Japanese . . . in modern living and building," according to the author, who further believes that the unique features of the Japanese house are better suited to serve as a pattern for contemporary housing than any other form of residential structure.

Wood and Wood Joints

  • Filename: wood-and-wood-joints.
  • ISBN: 9783034612678
  • Release Date: 2012-12-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Klaus Zwerger
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter



Building with wood as an ecologically viable material is a tradition with a long history. The timber architecture which has ensued over the past centuries reveals to the modern observer the depth of knowledge which has enabled both Eastern und Western cultures to use this wonderful material in such a creative way. In the most typical method of building with wood, elements are connected by using wood joints which do not require the assistance of adhesives or metal connectors. This art of wood jointing reached its zenith in Japan; but Europe too provided its share of highly influential forms. By looking at several hundred examples from Japan and 18 European countries, with a new chapter on China added to this enlarged edition, this book describes in great detail the history of timber architecture in terms of its technical, aesthetic and ecological dimensions. This thorough study is a mine of information to specialists in this field; it opens up to the craftsman of today what has become an almost forgotten world and provides a fascinating account for the general reader. „Here is a man who has trekked though the wild Carpathian forests, the Norwegian outback, the Russian steppes and obscure regions of Japan in pursuit of the wood joint. He tells the story with a sense of unfolding discovery; for anyone interested in how buildings work this book is a joy to read." the architects‘ journal

Making Japanese style Lamps and Lanterns

  • Filename: making-japanese-style-lamps-and-lanterns.
  • ISBN: 0881791989
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 126
  • Author: Edward R. Turner
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks Publishers



Nothing is quite as beautiful as the Japanese lamp or lantern. Edward Turner gives both novice and experienced woodworkers the ability to create remarkable lighting devices including bedside, overhead, freestanding, and outdoor lamps. All designs come with detailed instructions and rich color photographs. Projects are rated, with something for every level of ability.

Carpetry and Joinery

  • Filename: carpetry-and-joinery.
  • ISBN: 0982863209
  • Release Date: 2010-07
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Author: Paul N. Hasluck
  • Publisher:



Finally back in print, Carpentry & Joinery, first published in 1907, is the bible of finish carpentry from a golden era of architectural woodworking. Every aspect of joinery is covered in this book, with more than 1800 engravings and twelve spectacular plates to illustrate the topics. This incredibly comprehensive volume contains chapters on timber; joints; floors; partitions; windows; doors; moldings; tools and more. Each subject is explored, illustrated, and examined first in the simple case and then in fancier and fancier permutations. This is the best instruction ever written that explains the details of both simple and fancy late Victorian architectural woodworking. Whether you are a joiner, restorer, or architect, you will be amazed at the level of practical information, clarity of explanation, and continued utility of this book. Certain subjects which are commonly ignored such as the use of joiner s rods are covered in great detail along with detailed instructions for layout all the various constructions in the book. Because this is such an important book we wanted an expert opinion to put the book in the context of its time. In a new introduction master housewright Roy Underhill compares the instruction in the book with a first hand account of an early 20th century joiner. "We again have the voices of first rate masters at our sides." - Roy Underhill, from his Introduction The original book contained 12 color plates which, sadly, we could not afford to reproduce in color. However we are making a PDF of the color plates available for download http: //www.brooklyntoolandcraft.com/hasluckplates. Softcover 6 3/4" x 9 5/8" 567 pages plus 12 plates.

The Complete Manual of Woodworking

  • Filename: the-complete-manual-of-woodworking.
  • ISBN: 9780679766117
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Albert Jackson
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf



Encompassing all facets of the woodworking craft, this detailed handbook ranges from a history of woodworking, to a discussion of the principles of design, to instruction in tools, materials, and techniques.

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