The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: The Secrets of a Craft. S. Azby Brown.

The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: The Secrets of a Craft

Kodansha 講談社. 7 x 10", 156 pp., 8 color plates, profusely illustrated with b/w illustrations and diagrams, further reading, index, paper, Tokyo, 1995. Item #25770
ISBN: 4770019785

0ver a thousand years ago in Nara, Japan, anonymous carpenters erected a number of temples and pagodas for a newly founded Buddhist monastery known as Yakushiji. Not only is one of those pagodas still standing today, but also surviving are the dedication to quality and the technical skill of its builders as seen in the work of modern-day craftsmen. The Genius of Japanese Carpentry focuses on such practicing carpenters, who combine in their work the timeless past and the living present.

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