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Andon, lantern

Small andon(行灯ー小)

Finished two smaller andon lanterns for Mariko yesterday afternoon. Apart from a very belated Christmas present, I wanted to check some joinery ideas I had. I’ve seen the andon lanterns made in Japan, and I wasn’t very happy with how they were made, so I wanted to try a few different things with these. Apart from a couple of minor adjustments, mainly for ease of work flow, the processes worked out quite well.

But the most important thing is that Mariko is happy.

Gallery shots can be found here.

Andon lantern completed

Finished the lantern yesterday afternoon, and it is now safely secured in the lounge room waiting for Mariko’s stamp of approval.

Gallery photos and details can be found here.

Andon lantern (行灯)

Finished making up a Japanese andon lantern, and glued it up this afternoon so it can dry overnight.

This is a trial piece to test joinery and general design. These are called kumiko andon because they feature kumiko patterns. This is for my wife Mariko, and if it meets with her approval when she gets back from Japan, I can start making them for sale.

andon, kumiko, 行灯

It’s a fairly simple design with just a couple of asa-no-ha on the front and two side panels. The back doesn’t have the asa-no-ha. It stands just over 700 mm tall.

andon, kumiko, 行灯

The side panels are fixed, while the back panel can be removed in the same way as a shoji door or window. This is for ease of replacing the paper if it tears or becomes dirty.

The top has a removable asa-no-ha “lid”.

andon, kumiko, asa-no-ha, 行灯

A couple of coats of finish tomorrow, then fit the light holder to the base, and it’s all done.