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Book update

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.

May all your
kanna stay true and your chisels remain sharp.

I’m halfway through reading and amending the second proof of the book, and there’ll probably be another couple of proofs to go through before I’m satisfied with the final product.

Waiting for the proofs to be printed and delivered, though, has given me a chance to think about and design a few shoji and patterns to include in Book 2.

This book has covered the basics with the standard kumiko arrangement, followed by a couple of slightly more complex patterns, which were also covered in previous blogs.

Book 2 will focus more on patterns. These will be based on the square
jigumi (base kumiko). The diamond and three-way joint patterns will be in Book 3.

In the next book, there’ll be five or six shoji to make, some of which will be quite difficult, and about 15 new patterns to learn, ranging from quite simple to very complex. All will have detailed instructions, diagrams and photos on how to make them.

The following is a very rough CAD drawing of one of the shoji we’ll make towards the end of Book 2.

Nakanuki kiri 01

It’s called a
naka-nuki shoji. The central pattern will be kiri (paulownia), and the top and bottom patterns are asa-no-ha. This kind of shoji with the central part cut out (hence naka-nuki) certainly has a massive “wow-factor”, and is really quite stunning. It will be a tremendous challenge, but I’ll include a full and detailed set of instructions for making every part of it.

I’m also thinking of including a shoji pair with a fan shaped opening with some patterns in the middle, but I haven’t had a chance to come up with anything concrete as yet.

So that’s where things are at the moment. Hopefully Book 1 will be ready by the end of January or early February, fingers crossed.

Happy New Year to all.

Nearly there — Book 1

On the final straight with the book, and just a few minor points to clear up before I send it off for a review printing, then hopefully, not long after that, it will be fully published.

The title of the book is:

Shoji and Kumiko Design
Book 1
The Basics

The following is an expanded version of the contents page. The actual contents page in the book, though, doesn’t go down to this level. This will give you an idea of what I’ve included.

Expanded Book Contents

For better or worse, I’ve decided to go down the self-publishing route. There are a number of reasons for this, and I’ll go into this in detail in a blog entry once the book’s out. I’ll also describe my self-publishing process at length, so that anyone thinking about trying this can perhaps benefit from my experience, which for the most part has been a good one.