Japanese wood joinery dates back to the seventh century and is a craftsmanship technique that involves complicated, interlocking wooden joints that form bonds without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. Even until recent times when carpentry books began to be published, mastery of these woodworking techniques remained the fiercely guarded secret of family carpentry guilds.
隠し金輪継ぎ Kakushi-kanawa-tsugi pic.twitter.com/BdAs5vUOw5
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) March 20, 2016
Several years ago a young Japanese man working in automobile marketing discovered one such book. “I was fascinated by the traditional techniques of creating strong bonds without the use of nails or adhesive,” he says, speaking with Spoon & Tamago. But the instructions were very systematic and difficult to visualize. So he began ordering wood joinery books from all over the world but was unable to find any that were fully comprehensive. And the two-dimensional stills weren’t helpful either. So he began to create his own three-dimensional, animated illustrations.
Working with self-taught woodworking skills and mechanical design software Fusion360, he began creating his animations and posting them to a twitter account: @TheJoinery_jp.
捻れ組み継ぎ Nejire-kumi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/nyrJCko6Gb
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 21, 2016
Wood joinery is a dying art but the man behind these animations has hope. “3D printing and woodworking machinery has enabled us to create complicated forms fairly easily” he says, indicating that wood joinery techniques have plenty of applications for digital processing and manufacturing as well. “I want to organize all the joinery techniques and create a catalog of them all.”
破風板拝み仕口 Hafuita-ogami-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/ymu1Tiui8H
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) April 27, 2016
込み栓継ぎ仕口の三方差し Komisen-tsugi-shikuchi-no-sanpousashi pic.twitter.com/Azcj9jm1lw
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) April 30, 2016
三方組仕口 Sampo-gumi-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/OdgpaTBvcs
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 3, 2016
河合継手 Kawai-tsugite pic.twitter.com/WQwxeZ7t4M
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 17, 2016
車知栓継ぎ仕口の四方差し Shachisen-tsugi-shikuchi-no-shihousashi pic.twitter.com/WDnoxrtIr0
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 25, 2016