Watch These Mesmerizing GIFs of Traditional Japanese Joinery

Watch These Mesmerizing GIFs of Traditional Japanese Joinery

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Tara Bellucci
Oct 13, 2016
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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:

Check out even more from The Joinery on Twitter.

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