The Standard Shoji

I finished up my first (really second) attempt at the standard shoji with an aragumi kumiko arrangement and mizugoshi structure as based on the exercises in Des King’s, “Shoji and Kumiko Design Book 1 The basics”. I ended up building only 1 of the two screens as I seriously bungled the first screen several months ago.

The end result was overall a decent product but had its share of issues, most glaring of which involved one of the 45 degree miters on the tsukeko having an embarrassing gap. Beyond that there were slight miscalculations in the size of the rail mortises allowing one upon close inspection to see the tiniest of black spaces.

My next goal is to continue with the exercises and then give the Kasumi-Gumi Shoji a go. This design incorporates a hip board which will give it a nice heft.

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