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Asa-no-ha on YouTube

I uploaded a video to YouTube today showing how to make the square asa-no-ha. In it, I make a coaster with the pattern, which would make an ideal Christmas gift. I hope you find it interesting.


Making a shoji - Part 2

The second part of the Making a shoji video series is now up on YouTube.

I'm now just waiting on a proof copy of
Beyond the Basics to make the final check for any typos, then I'll click on the "approve" button at CreateSpace to make it available. Hopefully this will happen today or tomorrow.


Making a shoji - Part 1

I’ve uploaded part 1 of the making a shoji video. This part covers marking the stiles and vertical tsukeko and kumiko. I hope you find it interesting.


Exercises Part 2 uploaded

I’ve uploaded part 2 of the shoji exercises video.

Next it’s on to making a real shoji, so stay tuned.

New YouTube video - Exercises Pt 1

I uploaded a video to YouTube today that runs through some kumiko sawing exercises in preparation for making a shoji. I hope you find it interesting and of value.


A couple of YouTube videos

I uploaded a couple of videos to YouTube on shaping the rocking chair headrest using a sori-ganna (compass plane) and a small hira-ganna. I hope you find them interesting.


My new YouTube channel

We’re back from our trip to Japan, and over the next couple of weeks or so I’ll post quite a few photos from our journey around Shikoku, where we visited many of the famous castles there. Most of the castles we visited were the original structures (mainly the castle tower, or the keep), and were absolutely amazing. But I’ll talk more about them in future blog entries.

The main piece of news is that I’ve opened up a YouTube channel, and uploaded my first video today. It’s fairly self-explanatory, and I hope that everyone interested in shoji and kumiko patterns will find it, and the series it introduces, of some value.

I’ll be trying to upload new videos fairly regularly, but that will depend on how work is going, and also how quickly I can move ahead with the writing for my second hard-copy book. So far it’s been progressing reasonably smoothly, and fingers crossed that it continues that way.