Custom Shoji Screens

Stair-step style Tansu in Cherry

Posted on May 14, 2017 | 0 comments

Stair-step style Tansu in Cherry

My long-time client and patron Steve G ask me to make him a Tansu. This came about during a discussion in his kitchen. I told him I always wanted to build a Tansu style kitchen for someone. A few weeks later, I heard from him. He is a really good artist. Super creative guy. The paintings in my previous blog posts are his ( I made the frames). He sent me some drawings and I agreed I would build it down the road as I had several Shoji jobs already lined up. I contacted him in October and by November, I had collected the deposit and ordered up all the Cherry I needed. The body of the Tansu is...

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SHOJI PAPER REPAIR

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 | 0 comments

I had some folks from Southern Oregon contact me. They had a 4 panel, folding Shoji they brought back from Japan. This was interesting in it’s self as they don’t make a lot of folding screen in Japan.  We had to coordinate the shoji delivery as they were passing through Portland from Ashland (Southern Oregon) and had a small window to stop by the shop with the shoji. I assume this was a “made for export” item. it was well made and appeared to be of Hinoki or Sugi Japanese wood. I removed the old paper and replaced with a Kozo (Japanese Mulberry) type paper. Tough and...

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Shoji Cabinet For The Dalles

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Shoji Cabinet For The Dalles

    Some of my clients become patrons. In this case, Lauretta and her sister Diana hired me a couple years ago to build shoji for their newly remodeled basement and create a bedroom. I blocked off the end of one room with 2 large shoji made of my favorite wood: Superior Grade Alder. About a year ago, there was some talk between us about adding a cabinet. They had already discussed this with a cabinet maker in The Dalles OR, where they live. he was to make something that would require 2 or maybe 3 Shoji to cover part of it. It was to have some drawers. As the months went by, we kept in...

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A picture from my past … A kiosk I made for the Forest Service

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 | 0 comments

This structure, that I call a kiosk was built in 1999. I built parts of it at my shop, then transported the parts to the contractor’s shop in Vancouver, WA where it was assembled and trucked to the site where it resides now. This was part of a job done by Lloyd Kessler Construction. A company that has done lot’s of State and City of Vancouver jobs. This job in particular; The Crown Point Job was one that lasted for a couple years and this kiosk was part of the work although was quite a ways away. This kiosk is located on a side road parallel to I-84, East of Multnomah...

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Installing a Closet Door Package with Jambs

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Installing a Closet Door Package with Jambs

My client has hired me a few times in the last few yrs. Lately, I cut down his closet doors in a basement room and added my typical hardware setup to good results. In todays bit, I installed shoji in a hall/entry closet. The client wanted a “mill-core” type trim detail. This means NO trim and the dry-waller (or sheet-rocker) tapes the jamb directly to the drywall. This was popular with architects wanting a super clean line…NO CASING. Why I’m doing my blog on this job is to point out the custom made jambs on either side of the doors. A “Jamb” is the finish...

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Amado Door-Solid Wood Sliding Door

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Amado Door-Solid Wood Sliding Door

I recently got a call from a retro-60’s furniture store owner. He told me he had a client that need my services.  It turned out that the client; Tim, needed about 8 lineal feet of sliding door. Although he was of Japanese decent, he was not interested in Shoji. At my shop, I showed him a set of Amado doors I have from Japan and are about 80 or 90 yrs old. They are antiques  that I keep around to show people. They are made of Pine and look almost exactly like what I built in the pics below. Tim loved them and we agreed that I would build him a pair of doors that slide on one track...

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