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Project by fissionchips posted 12-08-2012 11:06 PM 1964 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this shoji around the centerpiece, which includes bamboo, plum, and pine trees in formed steel. I don’t know its original purpose, but coming from Japan I imagine it had an architectural role like a ranma. I started by welding on a branch where I could see one had broken off. As with bonsai, the branches are positioned at the convex curves in the trunk.

I was inspired in part by StLouisWoodworker’s creative shoji. As always I started with a sketchup drawing to get the proportions settled.

The frame is 3/4” mahogany, 24”x36” with 6mm wedged through tenons. The lattice is connected with hidden half-lap dovetails. Plane finished with a light coat of tried & true linseed oil. The mulberry paper is glued on with rice starch paste for easy replacement. Comments and questions welcome!

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#1 posted 12-09-2012 03:46 AM

it looks great! like it supposed to be in this frame.

-- -Thomas -

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 11:44 AM

the frame is a perfect highlighter of the art in the centre.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 12:58 PM

Nice and clean (design) looking.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 03:23 PM

That is beautiful. I really like the steel work you did. The two mediums look great together

-- mrg

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 05:17 PM

Very cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 08:36 PM

Thanks all for your comments, it’s great to hear from people whose work I really admire.

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 09:33 PM

I like your screen very much. The centerpiece is quite special. Have you decided how you will display the screen? I’m still giving thought to that for the screen I made.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#8 posted 12-09-2012 09:56 PM

Thanks Don. For now I am hanging it on the wall in a well-lit stairwell. In future perhaps I will find a window to place it in, or make legs for it to become free standing.

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 09:01 PM

Thats really cool

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