|Forum topic by frank||posted 02-04-2007 06:00 PM||34003 views||6 times favorited||31 replies|
02-04-2007 06:00 PM
This is a topic that intrigues and fascinates me and also is an area I am exploring into and wanting to learn more of. When I say that I can hand cut butterflies, half-laps, dovetails, scarfs—-bladed scarfs just to name some joints, I am totally left scratching my head when I am told, that there are some four hundred japanese woodworking joints. To some of these, the way has already been lost and to the masters who can still make many of them,.... well, I am afraid they don’t tell or talk much of the way.
So what I am asking is; are there any out there who can share in the names of some of these joints and the how too of the doing? Pictures of the joints, books, drawings, sketches and websites would also be welcome. I am not so much interested in what you have heard, but if you know the ‘how of the way’ or the ‘zen of the joint’, then I am all ears to hearing from you.
I’m enclosing a link I found yesterday while surfing with Dr. Google and will post that link, however I must say that I have had trouble getting this page to load right when using ‘Firefox’, so I would suggest using ‘Internet Explorer’: http://www.eurus.dti.ne.jp/~k-yazawa/english.htmll, and then click on ‘Yazawa’s Work: Original Joint Work;—-”Box with Diamond Shaped Paper-thickness Joint”.This is only one of many joints I have been studying as of lately and find truly beautiful and yet fully functional as useful.
To the masters and students of this type of art, I can only say that what you create is truly a work of art!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/