Shoji-style window screen

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 10-13-2012 12:29 AM 4821 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted to make something in the style of shoji screens for a long time and finally got around to it. What I ended up with is a screen to hang in a window. It frames a piece of artglass I obtained at a local art fair. It is made of paulownia, mahogany, glass and rice paper. The frame is about 36 in. high and 24 in. wide. Helpful references for me when for making the flower pattern are the books: “Making Shoji” by Toshio Odate and “Shoji and Kumiko Design – Book 1: Basics” by Desmond King. The close up of the floral pattern shows the angles I used for the pieces. These are the ones suggested on page 71 of Odate’s book. Other choices for these angles are given in King’s book. The smallest piece is only about 1/2 in. long, angled 90 deg. on one end and 60 deg. on the other. In cutting these by hand, I mostly used the shooting jigs described in both books. Don’t look too closely—my cutting of the pieces is not nearly as accurate as done by Odate and King, whose work is amazing.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 12:38 AM

This is a wonderful shoji screen with lots of great details.

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 02:39 AM

Fantastic. Everyone should check out exactly how kumiko latticework is done. Makes the results that much more amazing on top of their obvious immediate beauty.

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 11:38 AM

Very attractive.

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 05:21 PM

Fantastic work, especially given that this sounds to be your first time making kumiko. Also neat to hear that you were inspired by Des King’s new book, it looks like a great guide. Any chance of getting some clearer photos?

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 06:35 PM

Thanks to all for the comments. In response to ‘fissionchips,’ I replaced the close up image with a better one—hopefully, that’s what you’re looking for. Let me know if not.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#6 posted 10-13-2012 06:48 PM

I’m only now noticing the layout you chose for inserting the kumiko. It suits the centrepiece so well that I wasn’t even conscious of the asymmetric pattern.

I have a highlight piece in mind to make a shoji frame for, and you have certainly given me some ideas to play with.

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