The Art of Japanese Joinery

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Product Detail
128 pages,  258 * 180mm

This lively introduction to Japanese joinery not only delves lovingly into the unique history and development of Japanese carpentry, but also reveals many secrets of Japanese joinery. Presenting 48 joints, selected from among the several hundred known and used today, this visually exciting book will please anyone who has ever been moved by the sheer beauty of wood.

With the clear isometric projections complementing the 64 pages of stunning photographs, even the weekend carpenter can duplicate these bequests from the traditional Japanese carpenter, which can be applied to projects as large as the buildings for which most of them were originally devised or to projects as small as a sewing box.

About the Author

Kiyosi Seike, Professor of Architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is also an active architect both in Japan and abroad. He has published numerous books and articles on architecture in both Japanese and English.

“When making joints, if a carpenter kiln-dries the lumber and brings the moisture content down to less than ten percent before he cuts his joints and fits them together, when the finished joints are exposed to the air they absorb moisture, bringing the moisture content up to the level of that of the air-dry lumber, which is around eighteen percent in Japan. With the increased moisture content the joint members swell and, in a well-made joint, fit together so tightly that they almost become one body.”