Shoji Blog

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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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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A Minor Mishap in the Shop Parking Lot.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 | 0 comments

A Minor Mishap in the Shop Parking Lot.

My shop is located in an Industrial location. Mostly the other tenants are connected somehow with the trucking industry. The building was heavily vandalized before the new owner bought the place. Slowly, they have brought it back to it’s former glory. I say that lightly as the building I am in looks exactly like a WWII era airport. I have seen airports in the Andes in Colombia SA that looked just like my building does. I like it here. Rents cheap and no one gives me any trouble. It’s easy to find too. Anyway, a while back, a truck parked in the yard with a load of lumber. Next...

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The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 | 0 comments

The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Looks nice…but my cat doesn’t like it! I assume she will destroy the beautiful bronzed screen. May have to put in a thin clear acrylic in the lower parts. I live in a California Style Bungalow and they look great in my home. Next up for my house is a pair of narrow shoji to replace the French doors in my office.   This door is now available as a kit for $1500. This includes the jambs, finish, hinges, and the screen installed. I can do this for $150 less if you want to finish it your self. The price includes a crate. You pay whatever the shipping is via Pilot Freight....

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