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#1 TomB


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Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:05 PM

I've been doing a lot of background reading on the Arts & Crafts movement, Gustav Stickley and Greene & Greene (as well as the Hall Brothers). There was a quote by Darrell Peart that said "Greene and Greene is Gustav Stickley meets Japan." It seems that various exhibitions around the turn of the century pealed back the veil on Japanese architectural design, highlighted by the craftsmanship of Japanese woodworkers and their exquisite joinery. I've seen some youtube videos and a few drawings, but never have gotten my hands on any texts detailing the Japanese joinery. I understand there are a few good text out there, by one seems out of print and very high priced. So it's the internet right...has to be something out there in the public (read 'free') domain. I found the JAANUS database (Japanese Architecture and Art Net User System). A quick search of "joint" turned up quite a few hits. I copied those that had full illustrations and made a pdf (see attached). I didn't do any editing or organizing, just a quick copy and paste. There are some amazing (to me) joints here, although most of the concepts are the same to things you've seen or made.

Anyway, thought I'd share this...if anything else it might generate some ideas for puzzle boxes or as Rob pit it, joinery showboating. http://woodtalkonlin...efault/wink.gif

Here's the link to the dB http://www.aisf.or.jp/~jaanus/

And if anyone wants the MS Word version, just contacting directly.

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#2 DJO Furniture Maker

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 03:07 PM

If you would like to see great examples of Japanese joinery being used in furniture and carpentry, follow Chri's Hall's blog: http://thecarpentryway.blogspot.com/

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 10:31 PM

absolutely...lots of fine work there!

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 09:24 AM

Thanks for posting that...very cool stuff, I love the multi-piece joints that lock together when the last piece is fitted into place.

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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:17 AM

Awesome thank you for the links , that gives me more than I'll know what to do with for a while.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:26 PM

Insane. I can't cut a proper dovetail and looking at that stuff just makes me want to turn in my chisels and go home.

That is so awesome. I have been investigating a lot of Japanese joinery lately. these are good finds!

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 04:50 PM

WOW! That Japanese joinery is totally amazing! Now I know why their Shrines have lasted for thousands of years! I think that I will be sticking with the basics for the time being.... :blink:


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Posted 26 May 2011 - 05:25 PM

Thanks for that link, Tom. It's bookmarked for future use. Lots of cool joints to try out. I second the recommendation to follow Chris Hall's blog. He's flat amazing.