When it comes to furniture assembly, screws and nails may be quicker, but joinery is the gold standard of quality and beauty. While you can probably tell your miters from your dovetails, traditional Japanese techniques are another level of technique and artistry. One Twitter account is illustrating this 1,400 year old practice—using GIFs.
After coming across an old carpentry book and finding it hard to visualize how each of the techniques worked, The Joinery decided to illustrate the different intricate cuts using 3D software. The man behind the account hopes to catalog all the unique joinery methods to not only preserve the practice, but to be useful as well.
"3D printing and woodworking machinery has enabled us to create complicated forms fairly easily," he told Spoon & Tamago. These seventh century designs could be useful in 21st century applications.
Not to mention the results are hypnotic. Check out a few below:
渡り顎二重枘仕口 Watari-ago-niju-hozo-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/4U3hrvFMGt— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 1, 2016
平掛け込み栓継ぎ Hirakake-komisen-tsugi pic.twitter.com/QxQz83HIkM— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 29, 2016
箱車知栓継ぎ Hako-shachisen-tsugi pic.twitter.com/NOhU3ktifp— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 3, 2016
車知栓継ぎ仕口の四方差し Shachisen-tsugi-shikuchi-no-shihousashi pic.twitter.com/WDnoxrtIr0— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 25, 2016
河合継手 Kawai-tsugite pic.twitter.com/WQwxeZ7t4M— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 17, 2016
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