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The Complete Japanese Joinery

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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. Some of my earliest memories include attempting to draw similar house plans in the dark, in notebooks, after mom’s lights out. Overview: A lovely visual book leaning more towards the aesthetics of each joint rather than for a practical woodworker wishing to make them or wanting to know where to use them.

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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.

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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!This introduction of Japanese joinery delves into the history and development of Japanese carpentry, and it also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. 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. They can be applied to projects as large as the buildings for which most of them were originally devised or as small as a sewing box.

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! 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. It will be interesting to see his take on a particular topic whereas Just Enough is a great overview of a variety of Japanese living techniques. Japanese Joinery showcases traditional and modern joinery techniques through beautiful photography and detailed technical illustrations. It is at this point very clear that the Japanese have achieved nothing short of absolute mastery, as these buildings are an incredible feat of engineering, and the knowledge of wood and total command of simple tools is astonishing.

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. Overview: The tools, techniques and philosophies that make Japan’s unique woodworking culture so special. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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