Traditional japanese architecture s reliance on wood as a building material developed largely in response to japan s humid environment particularly the warm wet summer months. Which saw is better.
For the past 30 years my own experiences with japanese woodworking jargon never seemed to move beyond an undersized.
Japanese woodworking floor. So i started researching what work surface japanese woodworkers use. Typeaboutqualitiesusesjapanese cypress hinoki 桧 japan s best known tree species grows in honshu shikoku and kyushu. Japanese andon i completed recently.
An irori is a traditional japanese sunken hearth that is used both to cook food and heat a room. It looks perfect for planing fairly narrow boards and not much else. Primary the primary types of wood used in japanese carpentry and woodwork are japanese cypress hinoki 桧 japanese cedar sugi 杉 and japanese red pine akamatsu 赤松.
Kumiko patterns are tsuno asa no ha hemp leaf yae asa no ha top panel goma gara kikko sesame and kasane rindo. In this article from christopher schwarz you ll learn about one of the most important japanese woodworking tools. Kaiseisha press 220 pp 6 090.
But when japanese do work standing up i found a number of different sawhorse styles. It was realised that japanese wood should be utilised as far as possible and this could also lead to employment opportunities in forest management and improved profitability for. They consist of a stone lined square pit built into the center of a floor.
W hile reading mechtild mertz s wood and traditional woodworking in japan my initial reaction was visceral and immediate. The increased number of japanese wood abandoned were also a trigger to increase the number of people suffering from hay fever affected by the pollen in the forest. Christopher discusses the increasing popularity of japanese woodworking saws and why many western woodworkers are choosing them over locally made tools.
A decorative adjustable hook called a jizaikagi hangs from the ceiling above the pit can be used to suspend a pot over the fire. Most westerners including me don t like sitting on the floor much though. But japanese woodworking must be a lot different than european.
The cypress grown in kiso kiso hinoki is particularly famous. Base is from locally harvested ash joinery is half lap main part of lamp is sapele with maple frames and linden kumiko patterns. Why wasn t a book like this available much earlier.
Wood and traditional woodworking in japan by mechtild mertz. Most japanese woodworkers from what i can tell just put a big hunk of wood on the floor and sit cross legged. I can t see how this rig would be used to hold wood in the three different orientations or how it would hold up to serious chisel chopping.
Main part of lamp is mortise and tenon with the panels held in by removable battens to allow replacement of. Please feel free to browse through our selection of fine japanese hand tools from japanese woodworking tools planes chisels saws etc to japanese kitchen knives japanese gardening tools and japanese grooming scissors.