Tojar View active tab What links here. This is probably my favorite part of the process. Skip to main content. Preview — Toshil Shoji by Toshio Odate. If while attempting this procedure, you listen very carefully when lightly sliding the blade along the straightedge, you can hear the fibers of the paper being cut. Odate describes how to make the glue by first cooking regular, un-converted, medium grain rice.

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I thought it would be helpful to answer the questions that I am asked most often, and have them available here on my website. So, here goes. What tools do I need? There are two answers to this question. First, the bullshit answer: a backsaw of some sort, and a chisel. So, the second and more truthful answer is "pretty much the same tools you need to do any woodworking.

What species of wood do you use? Also, basswood is soft, so it compresses easily and this allows you to get a tight fit with less fuss compared to hard woods like maple. Moreover, it pares extremely well. Where do you get your kumiko stock? I make it. I buy rough-sawn basswood and go from there. There is a lot of milling involved. Get ready. All of the stock you use to make the frame and infill pattern should be the exact same height.

Have you ever used contrasting species in the same panel? No, and neither should you. I know that someone else can use multiple species in the same panel and it looks wonderful like those huge panels that are like paintings, or a land or seascape. How many hours does it take to make a panel? Depends on the size and shape of the frame. Square frames are made quickly. Hexagonal frames take longer. The asa-no-ha pattern in a square frame takes longer to make than the asa-no-ha pattern in a hexagonal frame.

Also, the more infill there is, the longer it takes. All good things take time, so relax and enjoy the ride.

And if you plan to sell kumiko panels, make sure you charge enough to cover your expenses, time, expertise, creativity, and profit.

You must have a lot of patience. Will you post a video of how you use the chisel guides?


Making Shoji

I do this hobby not so much to complete projects based on my pace, that much should be right obvious but to enjoy a sort of zen mindfulness. But I also do want to accomplish something. Or more likely in my case, ennui and then sleep. With that desire in mind, I went on Amazon and ordered a book. The Amazon showed me that he had written a book on just this subject. I ordered it in about 14 nanoseconds and with the Prime account, had it on my doorstep in 23 and one half hours. In many ways, there are parallels between the structure, layout and writing style of the book, and the subject matter.


Making Shoji by Toshio Odate

Darg Trade seeks higher value for materials and no one values clear-grained softwoods more than the Japanese. For the Japanese, the work fundamentally references back to the woodworker, usually resulting in shame and embarrassment if the work ever shows itself to have been done incorrectly. 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. The main challenge has instead been understanding how the myriad pieces relate to one another and assemble to create the whole. Or more likely in my case, ennui and then sleep. I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts. Mathieu rated it it was ok Dec 28, With that desire in mind, I went on Amazon and ordered a book.


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