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Japanese Wood and Carpentry - Rustic and Refined

Abstract : Although numerous publications have noted the rich variety of wood species used in the construction of Japan's civil and religious structures, few have focused on the wood itself. Japanese Wood and Carpentry makes up for that deficiency by drawing attention to the wood species used by Japan's carpenters, who so ingeniously exploit the extraordinary diversity of their country's forest resources.In its second part, the book also offers the modern-day reader access to a rare document, a handbook guide to Japanese wood species prepared by the Meiji government for the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition. Full-size facsimiles of thirty-two of the handbook's samples furnish an in-depth look at some of the important wood species used in Japanese architectural construction. On focusing on the wood species employed by Japanese carpenters, this book complements the author's previous work, Wood and Traditional Woodworking in Japan (Kaiseisha Press, 2011). As did its predecessor, Japanese Wood and Carpentry is certain to become an invaluable resource for art historians, architects, woodworkers, and lay people alike.
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Contributor : Mechtild Mertz <>
Submitted on : Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:44:58 AM
Last modification on : Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 4:26:37 PM


  • HAL Id : halshs-02986650, version 1


Mechtild Mertz. Japanese Wood and Carpentry - Rustic and Refined. Kaiseisha Press, pp.130, 2020, Hisashi Miyauchi, 978-4-86099-367-2. ⟨halshs-02986650⟩



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