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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.
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