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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Tim Graham rated it really liked it Nov 29, Paperbackpages. The Americans push the responsibility to the eventual owner or user. But it’s a good compromise making it easy to read. And I know I’ll go back and read this book again. For the Japanese, the work fundamentally references back to the woodworker, usually resulting in shame and embarrassment if the work ever shows itself to have been done incorrectly.

Or, like Toshio Odate you can simply take a drink out of your mug and spray it out of your mouth all over the back.

Making Shoji by Toshio Odate

The fact that these traits are so makong opposed informs and even insists on the resulting differences in our woodworking. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. As described by Mr. And I’d like to make some, hopefully in a way that is less cultural appropriation and more a way to honor the masters.

Sys rated it it was amazing Dec 20, shoi Kevin rated it liked it Oct 31, This site uses cookies. Hular added it Dec 02, Fernando Morales marked it as to-read May 30, Accompanied by a large number of well-labelled and illustrated photos and drawings, it taught me an astonishing amount about not only the techniques in question, but the reason and thinking behind those techniques.


Published July 1st by Linden Publishing first published June 30th As you can see from the following image, there are some gaps. I’d argue that an American woodworker is also driven by these two things, but in exactly the opposite order.

Review: ‘Making Shoji’ by Toshio Odate

They feel like purely human stories of growing up, striving for skill and work, dealing with one’s own shortcomings and disappointments, and in one particularly poingnant moment, learning how as you grow up, your mother can no longer protect you from shhoji the way she once could. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Anil Kalagatla rated it it was amazing Feb 03, The driving force for shoju way Japanese and American woodworkers approach materials is obviously based on how scarce or plentiful those materials have been, and continue to be, in their respective worlds. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Nathan Toshik marked it as to-read Sep 06, 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. Toshil is a fundamental difference between Japanese culture as is described so well here, and the American culture that I grew up in.

Trees in America are plentiful, fat and less valuable. Hence the way t he tools and the woodworkers who hold them each work. Clearly, the left list are traits central to Japanese culture.

This is probably my favorite part of the process. For instance, I learned:.

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A Japanese woodworker first and foremost fears having his work seen as inferior by others. Macaron added it Jun 23, This invariably resulted in frustration.

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We’re all human, so we share many, but what is MOST important in these cultures? After a quick introduction to Toshioo woodworking in general, the book is made up of a blend of two specific makng projects, descriptions of the foundational techniques of shoji-making, descriptions of the tools and materials used, and most charmingly, personal anecdotes about the author’s time as a young man learning the trade.

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Looking for beautiful books? I will also add some feet to sboji, to keep the bottom nails from digging in to any surface they might be sitting on. Trade seeks higher value for materials and no one values clear-grained softwoods more than the Japanese. The Japanese do have a very socially rigid culture.

An American woodworker is probably more likely to create quality work primarily because he’s proud of his own skills.

I sat down after reading the book to the end, and for some reason, wrote a series of contrasts. Chris DeVere rated it it was amazing Dec 26, odzte Between this book, and Susan Cain’s book “Quiet”, I see an important lesson for those of us who are the quiet ones. The topics described are handled quickly and with efficient prose. Step-by-step instructions, illustrated with photos of each work in progress, give detailed information on how t The construction of shoji—Japanese sliding doors—requires intricate skills and attention to detail.