Making Shoji has 20 ratings and 2 reviews. Koen said: What it promises to be: a relatively brief exposition of the tools and techniques of the tategu-shi. Buy a cheap copy of Making Shoji book by Toshio Odate. The construction of shoji–Japanese sliding doors–requires intricate skills and attention to detail. Making Shoji by Toshio Odate, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Ofate added it Mar 21, Mar 09, David Hallard rated it it was amazing. I will also add some feet to it, to keep the bottom nails from digging in to any surface they might be sitting on. Cassandra Harris marked it as to-read May 09, This guide to creating shoji brings together both traditional insight and technical mastery of the craft from the perspective of toshlo apprenticed sliding-door maker. Once the glue dries about an hour you can spray the paper with water using an atomizer.

This book hit me with a profound feeling of insight that I liken to the time I first read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. To summarize, I’d say, and this is only me saying this a typical American thing to do here.

A Japanese craftsman is secretly proud of his skills, but would likely be mortified to place them foremost in his mind while performing the task. The story around the glue provided one of my favorite asides in the book.

I’d argue that an American woodworker is also driven by these two things, but in exactly the opposite order. There is a fundamental difference between Japanese culture as is described so well here, and the American culture that I grew up in. I also used four of the small clamps to assist in setting the kumiko frame adjacent to the exterior frame. Thank you to Toshio Odate and his incredible book, Making Shoji. In many ways, there are parallels between the structure, layout and writing style of the book, and the subject matter.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And that difference is both embodied in the woodworking styles of each culture and representative of larger truths about the way people see themselves in each.

The tools and techniques themselves are driven by these differing world-views. The paper has an excellent feel and is slightly off-white which works well for reading comfort, but isn’t the greatest for the photos, line drawings and art.

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But the description that the best glue comes from ‘the most deliciously cooked rice” had me grinning when I read it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

With that desire in mind, I went on Amazon and ordered a book. Rob marked it as to-read Jul 01, Trade seeks higher value for materials and no one values clear-grained softwoods more than the Japanese. Marco Voortman marked it as to-read Dec 19, I’ve now read the whole thing, and from the perspective of someone who’s not yet built a shoji and is not steeped in Japanese culture otherwise, here is my review of the book.

Jill Dahl rated it it was amazing Mar 12, And I’d like to make some, hopefully in a way that is less cultural appropriation and more a way to honor the masters. Stacey marked it as to-read Jan 21, Odate, Japanese woodworking is all about achieving beauty through consistency, efficiency, and the mindful use of the proper materials. Some of the most wonderful facts I learned from the book were often asides in the material, or occasionally deeply philosophical thoughts brought down from Mr.


Sennelier76 toshhio it Feb 20, In fact, I hadn’t planned on finishing the book so quickly, but it’s such a relaxing lyrical read that I did it in less than a week. I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts.

Nacho Romano marked it as to-read Jul 04, Mal marked it as to-read Jun 19, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So that took 3 weeks.

Review: ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Ruediger Narr marked it as to-read May 09, Mateo marked it as to-read Dec 22, I’d heard the name of Toshio Odate in recent years.

Toryn Green added it Oct 21, The Best Books maoing This book is not yet featured on Listopia. However, installation is also the moment of truth. The topics described are handled quickly and with efficient prose.