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Title: Japanese fine woodwork
Post by: Akira on August 11, 2018, 02:42:25
Yesterday, I happened to visit an exhibition introducing various Japanese handwork.  These are some images of "Kumiko-zaiku".  Precisely shaped small pieces of wood are assembled to make a fine relief.  I'm not sure of the exact term in English, but they do look awesome!
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Post by: ArthurDent on August 11, 2018, 04:15:50
Amazing work!
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Post by: basker on August 11, 2018, 04:20:04
A remarkable documentary, thank you.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on August 11, 2018, 08:40:53
Amazing Akira this kind of work needs to be very patient
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Post by: Fons Baerken on August 11, 2018, 09:02:51
Exquisite, meditation in action!
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Post by: Akira on August 11, 2018, 09:09:57
Thank you, Arthur, Sam, Nasos and Fons, for dropping by and commenting.

This was not the first time I had ever seen the real things, but they never cease to amaze me.
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Post by: Anthony on August 11, 2018, 09:16:51
Akira, these are very beautiful, thank you for posting.
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Post by: Seapy on August 11, 2018, 10:10:19
Akira, that is outstanding.  In English we have fret work but that is usually pierced from a solid plank, I am not aware of a truly comparable style of assembly to this.  I do wonder how tolerant it would be to the range of humidity we experience here in England. Wood expands and contracts a lot and that could play havoc with something like that.  I have a small Indian eight sided inlaid mahogany table which is inlaid with ivory and black ebony, that is falling apart in places where some of the pieces of mahogany have shrunk and fallen out of the joints.

A couple of years ago I re worked my front room with new tile floor, walls and new ceiling. I fitted new architraves around the doors, the mitre joints were perfect.  After two years they are now gaping, the wood having expanded and shrunk with the humidity.  It would be such a shame if these beautiful screen like pieces suffered in that a way.
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Post by: Akira on August 11, 2018, 10:50:17
Anthony, thank you for kind words.

Robert, the fret work you mention seems to be a kind of mosaic which also exists in Japan.

As for the influence of the humidity changes, you will see that all wood pieces of the work are quater-sawn.  So, the humidity should affect mostly the thickness of the whole work, which should avoid the work from falling apart.
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Post by: Seapy on August 11, 2018, 11:51:55
I'm thinking mainly of church screens, perforated with designs clover leaf like in thin oak planks.

It's a project I am waiting for the opportunity to persu.

Quarter sawn is good, here mainly in French oak, english oak is usually too twisted and uneven to get nice quarter sawn effect, although there are notable exceptions, parliament panel work is wonderful.
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Post by: Akira on August 11, 2018, 12:12:44
I guess they use ceder or pine for their work.  Both tend to have straight grain.  They are lightweight, which keep the whole work light.
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Post by: Nasos Kosmas on August 11, 2018, 13:26:07
The wood in the last picture is cedar that is light weight and smells wonderfully
I guess these woods are the right woods for this kind of job
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Post by: Frank Fremerey on August 11, 2018, 15:06:58
very refined adorable
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Post by: Akira on August 12, 2018, 01:03:19
The wood in the last picture is cedar that is light weight and smells wonderfully
I guess these woods are the right woods for this kind of job

Yes, I think so.


very refined adorable

Frank, indeed, yes.  This kind of wood work is specialty products of Aichi prefecture, and this exhibited workshop is one of the best.
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Post by: bobfriedman on August 12, 2018, 12:33:32
this is great.. love the symmetry and design complexity...
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Post by: ColinM on August 12, 2018, 22:42:51
Beautiful Akira.
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Post by: golunvolo on August 12, 2018, 23:15:13
What an amazing results. Thanks for the documentation Akira.

   Yet another reason to go to japan  ;)
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Post by: Akira on August 13, 2018, 00:44:30
Thank you, Bob, Colin and Paco.

FWIW, the internal frame of a work seen above in the third image is intentionally curved slightly, not distorted because of the aberration of the lens!
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Post by: FredCrowBear on August 13, 2018, 03:29:49
Very cool!
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Post by: armando_m on August 13, 2018, 04:15:05
Amazing precision and beautiful at the same time
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Post by: Jan Anne on August 13, 2018, 10:31:34
What an amazing results. Thanks for the documentation Akira.

   Yet another reason to go to japan  ;)
Plus 1 :)
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Post by: Akira on August 13, 2018, 17:11:36
Fred and Armando, thank you!

Jan, I would welcome you along with Paco!
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Post by: Mauricio Avila on August 13, 2018, 19:49:15
Akira,

That is an amazing craft and very nice pictures. I like #4 and #5 the most. I think those pictures summarize the exquisite and labor of the craft.

Saludos,

Mauricio
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Post by: Akira on August 14, 2018, 10:29:15
Mauricio, thank you for the comment.  Glad you like the images.  I was not allowed to touch these samples, so the way they displayed them was already quite picturesque.  :)