Traditional Japanese joinery is beautifully complex, with wood pieces fitting together as if in a game of Tetris. The precision and unfamiliarity of these fastener-free joints can seem intimidating to a carpenter who’s not acquainted with the craft, and for good reason: the details of how they work were kept as closely guarded secrets by family carpentry guilds for centuries.
But now, a Japanese man who’s an automobile marketer by trade and an avid collector of wood joinery books has made the process of crafting Japanese joints like shihou-hozo-tsugi, yonmai-kama-tsugi and others more transparent with a series of animated GIFs.
Unlike 2D drawings, the GIFs let us see exactly how the parts come together. Dozens of these GIFS are collected in a Twitter account called The Joinery, showing everything from simple slotted pieces and dovetails to joints that are more like puzzles. Give them a follow to catch more animations as they appear.
抱せ蟻内枘差し仕口 Dakase-ari-uchi-hozo-sashi-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/M7vGuY9an8
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 21, 2016
土台隅目地入れ仕口 Dodai-sumi-meji-ire-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/4xHJXXk4ef
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 19, 2016
重ね枘仕口 Kasane-hozo-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/X0Tx4tg2eV
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 18, 2016
腰掛け蟻落し継ぎ Koshikake-ari-otoshi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/uOPpNbXMth
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 17, 2016
四枚鎌継ぎ Yonmai-kama-tsugi pic.twitter.com/1LApi4GlQu
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 1, 2016
通し違い枘差し枘鼻栓仕口 Toshi-chigai-hozo-sashi-hanasen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/1ToumLNXMM
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 30, 2016