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The Complete Japanese Joinery

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The photos (both color and black and white) are fantastic, as are the highly intricate drawings of the Picture Hall assembly. Overview: A must-read to learn about the most venerated wood craftsman in Japan: Tsunekazu Nishioka. Kiyosi Seike, Professor of Architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is also an active architect both in Japan and abroad.

they seem to want to,not only do their best with the little resources they have but to make the most of what they have to work with.By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Reminds me of the old Chinese architecture that’s been lost to the high rises except in a few cases like the Forbidden City in Beijing.

If you have any interest in carpentry, timber framing, woodworking, or even Japanese history, I highly recommend this book. There’s a lot of mystique surrounding Japanese carpentry and temple construction, and for good reason. Be prepared to get lost as Brown goes through the assembly process, detailing each step of the erection of the temple, layer by layer, of which there are many. There is plenty more, no doubt, that is not presented in this book, but it is difficult to find too much fault.It does not focus on tool use per se, but beautifully conveys the structural logic and reasoning that lie behind the joints and connections themselves. This revised edition of the book contains a new foreword by Mira Locher, one of the world's leading experts on vernacular and modern Japanese architecture. Brought two copies (one new, one used)as a gift for an arquitect friend who is a rabid fan of woodwork, and for myself, out of curiosity based on prevous rather superficial acquaintance with some aspects of Japanes culture. We can all stand to learn something from millennia-old traditions, especially when new products shorten our memory! Brackett’s descriptions of his design and construction process, as well as of the wood material he uses, are enticing and provide a lot of technical and philosophical insight.

Overview: A great book detailing the rich history of Japanese hand tools and their importance in Japanese culture. In this post, you’ll find my review of Azby Brown’s The Genius of Japanese Carpentry, and details for how you can enter to win your own copy.I’ve long been fascinated by many aspects of Japanese culture – from netsuke to monmon cats to bladesmithing to packaging to samurai armour – and especially their methods of carpentry and the tools they use to achieve it. The drawings and plans are wonderful, and illuminate the Japanese House layout, modularity, proportions, and many structural and ornamental details. 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.

Joinery in timber frames has been a focus of my studies over the last few years and this book looks like a stellar resource to delve deeper into the art joinery. The Japanese culture has consistently created not only works of art in architecture, but a lasting, stable, functional, and durable structure that is purpose designed. Nevertheless there is a lot you can glimpse at about the culture, psychology, history and some factual cuties like that in terms of construction and safety wood turns out to be better than steel when facing a fire. Len Brackett, rigorously trained as a temple carpenter in Kyoto, has spent decades adapting the ancient Japanese design aesthetic to Western needs. If you're looking for a book on traditional Japanese building construction then it falls short, too.

in their fast pace society and where jobs are scarce they are appreciative and proud of what they do. The book briefly covers some of the principles which traditional carpenters adhere to, and the personal history and background of Nishioka himself, all of which is very interesting but not too-deeply covered. The Art of Japanese Joinery is his first book and is an amalgamation of his knowledge and talent in joinery. If you're running a script or application, please register or sign in with your developer credentials here. We have been interested in Japanese houses and carpentry for a while now, toying with the idea of building a traditional Japanese house one day, and we would love to learn more about Japanese carpentry!

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