Stop Motion Japanese Joinery
Making wood fit together (AKA "joinery") by hand takes some serious 12th century Japanese level patience. Thankfully I had the help of several talented and well-connected people to show me how. I then captured the joints doing the hokey pokey on camera. My friend, Robin, generously shared her studio and photography equipment.
Preserving an endangered artform is not easy nor cheap. In order of familiarity, a massive thanks goes out to:
Besides the artistry involved, carpentry by hand without nails or glue was also a commonplace occupation when there was no electricity. It also turns out that a lot of these methods migrated to Japan from China along with Buddhism.
Half Lap joint
Bird beak joint
Mortise (left) and tenon (right) joint
Lyra Naeseth, Friend (apropos of the joinery)
Jay van Arsdale, Teacher
Unnamed Japanese carpenter in a documentary
Please wash your hands!
And don't forget to have fun~