|Project by danoaz||posted 05-11-2015 10:49 PM||654 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
The Japanese have a celebration every year on March 3rd called Girl’s Day or Doll’s Day or “Hinamatsuri”. I won’t go into all the details but a doll display is made with the Emperor and his wife on top and with each step down there is a level for very specific dolls and objects. I made this for the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, which is a Japanese Garden dedicated to the education and sharing of culture between Phoenix and the sister city of Himeji, Japan.
I used 1×3/4 Cedar with open mortise and tenon joints on the stair stepping supports and on the trim of the shelves. I also used 1/8 oak plywood on both sides of the supports for stiffness and for the top of the shelves and the cross brace members in the back. You have to imagine small Japanese women putting this together and so it had to be simple and lightweight. I used screws with wing-nuts that can be loosened to fold the bracing vertical and horizontal supports of the stair steps. The back X-bracing is somewhat flimsy but when used in this fashion they make for great stiffness of the fame. I also put blocking on the underside of the shelves so that they lock into the 1×3/4 stair step supports making the shelves a stiffener to the whole structure and not just sitting loose on top. It was all a lot of fun and a challenge because I had only repaired a piece of an old doll display and never saw the entire thing put together. As you can see the final product is covered for the celebration which is a bit sad for me, but it is humbling to know that I had a small hand in continuing a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. The display is 4 feet 6 inches wide by 5 feet high. Thanks for looking.
-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright