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The Complete Japanese Joinery

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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. 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. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts.

A native of New Orleans, he has lived in Japan since 1985 and is currently on the sculpture faculty of Musashino Art University in Tokyo. The Art of Japanese Joinery is his first book and is an amalgamation of his knowledge and talent in joinery. Overview: No other author has described the species, uses and grades of timber used in Japanese woodworking like Mechtild Mertz. With clear isometric projections complementing the photographs, any carpenter can duplicate these bequests from the traditional Japanese carpenter. Having a huge passion for joinery and woodcraft, Dorian has been working as a talented woodworker since 2012.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. Japanese joinery is viewed by many as being an art as well as a craft or trade, and this is borne out by the intricate design and craftsmanship of the joints in this book.

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. Author Information Dorian Bracht Born in Los Angeles in 1986, Dorian Bract spent his early years in California and Hong Kong.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 . This introduction to Japanese joinery not only delves into the unique history and development of Japanese carpentry, but also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery.

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. If you have any interest in carpentry, timber framing, woodworking, or even Japanese history, I highly recommend this book. in their fast pace society and where jobs are scarce they are appreciative and proud of what they do. 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. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.The drawings and plans are wonderful, and illuminate the Japanese House layout, modularity, proportions, and many structural and ornamental details. I cannot even begin to imagine the scene of a temple construction when some of these intricate buildings were first built, 500-1000+ years ago, with nary a chainsaw, sawmill, crane, or power tool in sight. Overview: The tools, techniques and philosophies that make Japan’s unique woodworking culture so special. 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. If you read the journals of 18th Century woodworkers you’ll find they were unbelievably fast —using only hand tools.

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 is truly disappointing, as it seems unlikely we will ever see the skill, scale, and grandeur represented by these temples ever again, unless those still standing are well-preserved and maintained.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. Featuring intricate, puzzle-like joinery and the integration of timber pieces to orient them in the same direction as when it was a growing tree, this book skillfully documents the stunning craftsmanship of the ancient Japanese, which is still alive today. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Little has been thoroughly documented about the craft of timber construction in Japan (for an English-speaking audience, in particular), especially of the renowned temples, at least one of which can claim an almost unreal lifetime of over 1,000 years. 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.

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