The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft

By Azby Brown

The Genius of jap Carpentry tells the tale of the 1200-year-old Yakushiji monastery in Nara and the committed modern day craftsmen who're operating to revive what has been misplaced to the depredations of time, hearth and war. even if the whole monastery reconstruction aren't accomplished until eventually 2030, one of many major temples, the image corridor, has been thoroughly restored utilising a similar woodworking expertise used to create the unique building.

This new version of an architectural vintage is by means of Azby Brown—one of the world's major specialists on eastern structure. It features a new preface and lots of new textual content fabrics and photographs—most of them now to be had in colour for the 1st time. Azby Brown chronicles the painstaking recovery of the temple via huge interviews with the carpenters and woodworkers besides unique drawings according to the plans of grasp chippie Tsunekazu Nishioka.

An inspiring testomony to the commitment of those craftsmen and their philosophy of carpentry paintings as a sort of non-public achievement, The Genius of eastern Carpentry bargains certain documentation of this singular undertaking and a relocating reminder of the original cultural continuity present in Japan.

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By the point of his loss of life in 1993, Tuttle had released over 6,000 books on Asian tradition, heritage and art—a legacy venerated by means of the japanese emperor with the “Order of the Sacred Treasure,” the top tribute Japan can bestow upon a non-Japanese. With a backlist of 1,500 titles, Tuttle Publishing is extra energetic this present day than at any time in its past—inspired by way of Charles Tuttle’s center project to put up high quality books to span the East and West and supply a better realizing of every. INDEX–GLOSSARY The terminology of temple structure provides many problems, one among that's that the japanese phrases frequently don't have any ordinary translation. within the textual content i've got tried to provide English equivalents anyplace attainable, whereas noting jap opposite numbers within the index. word: web page numbers in italic discuss with illustrations. adzes (chōna). See instruments animism, 24 apprentice carpenters (deshi). See carpenters: sorts of Asano, Kiyoshi, forty assistant grasp carpenters (fuku-toryo). See carpenters: forms of Asuka, 36 Asuka-dera temple, 18 axes (ono). See instruments bamboo (take), 22 bamboo marking pen (sumisashi). See instruments: structure and staining instruments naked wooden development (shiraki zukuri), 18, 31, sixty eight base stones (soseki), fifty two, ninety seven, ninety seven, ninety eight, ninety nine, a hundred, 143 beams (hari), nine, 18, sixty four, ninety five, ninety six, 132; base tie beams (jinuki), a hundred; brace beams (nageshi), seventy one, ninety two, ninety six, 102, 103, 143; bracket beams (toshi-chikarahijiki, tsukebari), 109, 109–11; nook major beams (sumiobari), ninety four, 118, 119, 119, 123; head tie beams (kashira nuki), ninety seven, ninety seven, one hundred and one, one hundred and one, 106, a hundred and ten, 112; gable finish major beams (nagekakebari), sixty four, ninety four, 118, 119, 119; hold-down beam, 127, 127, 128, 133; horizontal brace beams (nageshi), sixty nine, ninety five, ninety six, 103, 143; longitudinal tie beams (keta), 118, 119, a hundred and twenty, a hundred and twenty, 121, 122, 123, 127; decrease longitudinal tie beams (shikigeta), 118, 119, a hundred and twenty, a hundred and twenty, 121; major beams, ninety four, ninety six, one hundred fifteen, a hundred and fifteen –18, 119, one hundred twenty five, 127; mid-wall tie beams (uchinori nuki), ninety seven, ninety seven; penetrating tie beams, ninety seven, ninety seven, a hundred, 141; ridge beams (no-munagi), sixty six, 134; tie beams (nuki), 70, seventy one, ninety two, ninety seven, ninety seven, a hundred, one hundred and one, 119; See additionally bracketing and bracket complexes; gables bearing blocks (masu), ninety three. See additionally bracketing and bracket complexes Bell Tower (Showa). See Yakushiji temple blocks (masu). See bearing blocks braces (koya nuki), 102, 103, 132, one hundred thirty five bracketing and bracket complexes (kumimono, masugumi, tokyo), 1, 18, sixty four, ninety six, 104–9, 104–9, 112, 117; heart bracket palms (daito hijiki), 106 Buddha, sixteen, 18, 36; relics of, sixteen, 18, forty four, forty five, fifty two, fifty three Buddhism, 15, 18: architectural affects of, 15, 18; Hossō sect of, 37, forty, forty four; natural Land sect of, 39; in ridge beam rite, 156; Shingon sect of, 39; unfold of, sixteen; temples as actual version of, sixteen; time in line with, 34. See additionally temples construction fabrics, 22, 24 cabinetry, 25 capital towns, eastern, sixteen, 17 carpenters (daiku), jap, 15, 21, 23, 24, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32, forty six, fifty one, sixty six, 86; and grid platforms, fifty four, fifty four; interdependence of, 33, forty seven; ideas of thumb of (kokoroe), 30, fifty six, fifty eight; timetable of, 35; education of, 32, 33; varieties of, 25, 28, 32, sixty six; workshop of, sixty two, sixty six; written documents of, 12, 23, forty eight carpentry.

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