Author: Toshio Odate
Published by: Linden Publishing
Published: 2000
Black and White
Pages: 119

We have to conclude that the reason the publishers of this book sent a copy of a book published 15 years ago for us to review is that the book is a classic of sorts, which it is!

If you are curious about the history and making of these utilitarian but also decorative and quintessentially Japanese screens, this is a book for you.

Toshio Odate is an acknowledged master craftsman and authority as well as a teacher of sculpture and 3D design. He has since written many other articles and at least two books and also appeared in videos. Born in 1930, Toshio Odate completed an apprenticeship and went on to study art and design. He has lived in the USA since 1958.

Shoji feature in traditional Japanese dwellings, temples and gardens and serve as windows, room dividers and panels on cabinetry. These lattice like forms range from relatively simple to complex. Odate outlines the common styles and motifs and their construction methods which can be carried out with hand tools.

As well as step-by-step photos and diagrams the author tells about some of his personal history as an apprentice in Japan.

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