Thursday, 6 October 2016

dovetail and dowel

Distressingly, we might be witnessing the slow demise of an art form passed down for generations, but perhaps the efforts of a one curious pupil—not born into the guarded tradition of Japanese joinery, carpentry without nails, who struggled to penetrate the instructions of handbooks (a recent relaxing of the way families, now dying off, formerly jealously protected their methods for centuries). Despite the best intentions, the guide remained inscrutable and so the pupil dismantled and reverse-engineered the art from outside in and created beautiful animations to illustrate his progress, which can hopefully impart this age-old practise to a new generation of makers (and three-dimensional presses).