Here’s a fun thing for architecture and design nerds: somewhere on the internet, someone is sharing super mesmerizing GIFs of traditional Japanese joinery. Passed on for hundreds of years, Japanese joinery features intricate interlocking wooden joints that hold up without the nails and screws we depend on today.
車知栓継ぎ仕口の四方差し Shachisen-tsugi-shikuchi-no-shihousashi pic.twitter.com/WDnoxrtIr0— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 25, 2016
As Spoon & Tomago reports, the project comes from a Japanese automobile marketer who became fascinated with these traditional joinery techniques and began collecting all sorts of wood joinery books. When he found those books to be lacking in comprehensiveness and clarity—2D diagrams certainly fell short in explaining the complicated joints—he proceeded to make his own 3D animated illustrations using Fusion360, a mechanical design software. Take a look at a few he's made so far, in a quest to create the "complete 3D guide to joinery."
四方枘継ぎ Shihou-hozo-tsugi pic.twitter.com/vEbvfEek98— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 5, 2016
箱相欠き車知栓仕口 Hako-aikaki-shachi-sen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/FKRVB8uDVt— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) July 6, 2016
平掛け込み栓継ぎ Hirakake-komisen-tsugi pic.twitter.com/QxQz83HIkM— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 29, 2016
小菊組み継ぎ kogiku-kumi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/D9ovyTitg2— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 27, 2016
箱車知栓継ぎ Hako-shachisen-tsugi pic.twitter.com/NOhU3ktifp— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 3, 2016
See dozens more on his Twitter account, @thejoinery_jp.
- Animated GIFs Illustrating the Art of Japanese Wood Joinery [Spoon & Tomago via ArchDaily]