|Project by BlueHatMan||posted 04-23-2011 08:49 PM||1109 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
The idea is to build shoji for all the living room windows that are currently covered with blinds. This is the start, and there are plenty of goobers that don’t quite show. But a start none the less. You can see a little squiggle in the kumiko (the thin cross strips) that comes from ever so slightly mis-sawing. Doesn’t take a lot. And then the problems that come with fitting a square frame into a slightly lopsided opening.
I relied on Jay van Arsdale’s book, Shoji
Jay’s incredible. If you live in the Bay Area, take his Japanese tool and joinery classes at Laney College in Oakland. I got most of the way through the first class, and can now use Japanese tools like a caveman. But what’s really cool is the way the Japanese mind approaches layout.
Anyway, this is the starting shot, in poplar. By the time I get to the living room I may switch up the wood. I’m liking cypress a lot…
Second shoji in place, with remaining view of nasty house next door. The double, sliding shoji I build for this bay window will come after building six other single screens for various windows in the living room. I figure by then I might sorta know what I am doing.
Still scratching my head about fitting a square frame into a not so square opening. Any suggestions? I am all ears, and thumbs…
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