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The Complete Japanese Joinery

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This introduction to Japanese joinery delves into the history and development of Japanese carpentry, and it also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. The book continues on to design theory, the usage of wood, traditional tools, and finally, the assembly and erection of the Picture Hall, a massive and ornate temple at the Yakushiji compound. Nishioka is presented often as a enigmatic master, totally steeped in tradition and often belittling his own skill compared to that of his ancestors, strict and unwavering, yet also generous.

Through a synthesis of textual, pictorial, and archeological sources, this work sheds light on Kyoto's premodern urban landscape with the aim of opening up new ways of thinking about key aspects of premodern Japanese history.

There’s not much explanation, really, but the black-and-white photos convey the sheer beauty of Japanese joinery in an evocative and compelling way. I really enjoy(ed) reading Just Enough – lessons in living green from traditional japan, also by A Brown. We can all stand to learn something from millennia-old traditions, especially when new products shorten our memory!

Over 50 different joints are showcased, ranging from traditional joints which have been used over hundreds of years to the most recent innovations in Japanese joint design. Anyone who is or contemplates using Japanese handtools — and I strongly suggest that you take a second look at them if you haven’t already as there are a number of them that are superior in their performance to their western counterparts —needs to be familiar with this book. I’d be excited to add this book to my collection since I try (at some level) to do some Japanese-style timber construction myself – I’ve so far put up about 8 small buildings, all centerline layout and little in the way of knee bracing. Kyoto was Japan's political and cultural capital for more than a millennium before the dawn of the modern era. My main impression throughout reading this book has been one of head shaking and disbelief, and sheer amazement at the ingenuity of Japanese carpenters current and old.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.

There’s a lot of mystique surrounding Japanese carpentry and temple construction, and for good reason.

Additionally make sure your User-Agent is not empty and is something unique and descriptive and try again. Blacksmithing, “The king of trades,” is arguably the most enduring craft known to man, a craft virtually synonymous with humankind’s progress since the Bronze Age. This colorful book is primarily concerned with master carpenter Tsunekazu Nishioka, and the work he performed during the final years of his life at the Yakushiji temple complex, and in particular The Picture Hall: a dizzying, complex, and stunning building intricately documented through a series of drawings and photos. Thankfully, Azby Brown dives into the world of temple building in his book The Genius of Japanese Carpentry, first published in 1989, and nicely updated for a 2013 edition with new photos and details. We are going to include some timber framing in the design and this book may prove to be the final piece to the puzzle.

Overview: No other author has described the species, uses and grades of timber used in Japanese woodworking like Mechtild Mertz. Presenting 48 joints, selected from among the several hundred known and used today, this visually exciting book will please anyone who has ever been moved by the sheer beauty of wood. Overview: The tools, techniques and philosophies that make Japan’s unique woodworking culture so special. An inspiring testament to the dedication of these craftsmen and their philosophy of carpentry work as a form of personal fulfillment, The Genius of Japanese Carpentry offers detailed documentation of the restoration of this historic building and a moving reminder of the unique cultural continuity found in Japan.This book breaks down blacksmithing’s fascinating, if somewhat daunting, skill set into attainable fundamentals that show you how to become an accomplished smith. 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. This book, first published in 1995, is a detailed how-to guide that answers a lot of questions about how carpentry is practiced in contemporary Japan.

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