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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Brooke Lauer marked it as to-read Jun 15, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Ian Stubbs added it Nov 01, Marco Voortman marked it as to-read Dec 19, I will also add some feet to it, to keep the bottom nails from digging in to any surface they might be sitting on. The fact that these traits are so diametrically opposed informs and even insists on the resulting differences in our woodworking.

He’s known in the U. From a scientific perspective, this makes perfect sense, since as a starch glue, you want the starch to be fully hydrated, but to not go past that point where the starch loses its stickiness and just becomes soupy or rubbery.

Ruediger Narr marked it as to-read May 09, This mirrors the way that the woodworker in each culture views himself relative to his work. Toryn Green added it Oct 21, For the Japanese, the work fundamentally references back to the woodworker, usually resulting in shame and embarrassment if the work ever shows itself to have been done incorrectly.


Jill Dahl rated it it was amazing Mar 12, I’ve always wanted to try to build a Japanese screen. Suthir added it Mar 19, I will be using it shortly to build at least one pair of shoji doors. But as informative as the book is, that wasn’t my biggest takeaway.

Making Shoji by Toshio Odate

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. After a quick introduction to Japanese woodworking in general, the book is made up of a blend of two specific large projects, descriptions of the foundational techniques of toshjo, descriptions of the tools and materials used, and most charmingly, personal anecdotes about the author’s time as a young man learning the trade.

Douglas Losey rated it really liked it Feb 16, Chris DeVere rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Tyler Burton rated it liked it Jul 09, For these 12 pieces I had to makking the 45 degree amking on each end and then plane my way up to get a precise fit.

Ryan rated it liked it Jan 05, Nick Jenkins marked it as to-read Apr 05, I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts.

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The topics described are handled quickly and with efficient prose. Much of my interpretation of these things comes not from the projects, nor the techniques, but from the wonderful personal anecdotes. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of This is probably my favorite part of the process. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

And pieces later. Refresh and try again. I’ll probably try something similar to the second project as well, a decorative transom. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Drawing upon his unusual life, Odate also intersperses the text with moving anecdotes of his somtimes harsh apprenticeship in post-War Japan.

Western woodworkers seem to push their work out, to the world, divorced from the craftsmen when completed. But it’s a good compromise making it easy to read.

Review: ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate

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