|Project by StLouisWoodworker||posted 10-13-2012 12:29 AM||3125 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
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)