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Publishing direction – soon the patterns

Among other things, I’m currently converting the rest of my book into Kindle format for inclusion in the Kindle Store at Amazon. This is the shoji part. I’m not sure whether the remainder will be one book or two; this will depend on the overall size of the file with all the diagrams.

Once I’ve completed that, I’ll then convert the part of the second book that I’ve finished, which goes into patterns that are considerably more complex.

After that, I’ll start writing and putting kumiko patterns into Kindle format. Last night I worked out that I have roughly 80 individual patterns that I can cover in future books. Some of these are reasonably straightforward, while others are extremely complex to say the least. Many of these patterns are never seen these days, simply because of their complexity and the time needed to make them.

I will make sure that you will be able to make all of the patterns I cover with normal hand tools and jigs. You won’t need to buy any expensive specialist planes like my
ha-ganna. And for those patterns where specialist tool are needed, I’ll make the necessary adjustments to their design so that jigs can take the place of those specialist tools.

All this will happen over the course of a few years, but I’m hoping I can get the first few out sooner rather than later. These patterns are really the fun part of shoji and kumiko work—frustrating at times, but fun.

I’m looking forward to starting on this project, and I hope that many of you will also find it interesting. As I’ve mentioned on this website, kumiko
shokunin tend to keep their knowledge on how to make the intricate kumiko patterns very close to their chest, but an unfortunate by-product of this attitude is that this knowledge and the skills are gradually being lost. Hopefully, these series of books will go part of the way to addressing this, and keeping this knowledge alive and in use, especially in the West.
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