|Project by fissionchips||posted 12-08-2012 11:06 PM||1864 views||9 times favorited||9 comments|
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!