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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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Review: ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate

Thank you to Toshio Odate and his incredible osate, Making Shoji. Ruediger Narr marked it as to-read May 09, Mal marked it as to-read Jun 19, Aa marked it as to-read Sep 30, Odate, Tosuio woodworking is all about achieving beauty through consistency, efficiency, and the mindful use of the proper materials.

Rethimgren rated it really liked it Apr 23, They’re always built as pairs. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Why do the best redwoods cut in the Pacific Northwest go to Japan? Mathieu rated it it was ok Dec 28, This is probably my favorite part of the process.

For these 12 pieces I had to create the 45 degree angles on each suoji and then plane my way up to get a precise fit. Once the glue dries about an hour you can spray the paper with water using an atomizer. Western woodworkers seem to push their work out, to the world, divorced from the craftsmen when completed. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of If while attempting this procedure, you tosio very carefully when lightly sliding the blade along the straightedge, you can hear the fibers of the paper being cut.


In applying the washi paper to the shoji screen there are a couple different options.

Myrte Van der velden marked it as to-read Jul 11, Jill Dahl rated it it was amazing Mar 12, I’ve always wanted to try to build a Japanese screen. 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 shoji-making, descriptions of the tools and materials used, and most charmingly, personal anecdotes about the author’s time as a young man learning the trade.

Making Shoji by Toshio Odate

I loved this book. My experience with Japanese woodworking is limited shojk the fact that I own a ryoba, a double-sided japanese saw, and I’ve used Japanese sharpening stones. The driving force for the way Japanese and American woodworkers approach materials is obviously based on how scarce or plentiful those materials have been, and continue to be, in their respective worlds. Manuel rated it liked it Oct 11, But it’s a good compromise making it easy to read.

There is a fundamental difference between Japanese culture as is described so well here, and the American culture that I grew up in. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. May 30, Koen Crolla odqte it it was amazing Shelves: The correct use of Japanese tools is discussed, as are techniques for marking lines, making specific joints and handles, using rice glue, and applying shoji paper.


In past experience with gluing mitered frames, my 45 degree angles were never quite right so I compensated with increased clamping pressure. I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts. To summarize, I’d say, and this is only me saying this a typical American thing to do here.

Making Shoji

Skip to main content. Nathan Clark marked it as to-read Sep 06, Japanese craftsmanship is built more on refining traditional ways and using materials efficiently, where American craftsmanship is comparitively about new ideas and working quickly to get the job done.

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Stacey marked it as to-read Jan 21, I ordered it in about 14 nanoseconds and with the Prime account, had it on my doorstep in 23 and one half hours. I will also add some feet to odage, to keep the bottom nails from digging in to any surface they might be sitting on.