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AROUND HOME : Shoji: How to Design, Build and Install Japanese Screens BY JAY VAN ARSDALE (Kodansha International / USA; 1988)

THE SHOJI SCREEN,traditionally composed of heavy translucent paper in a light wooden lattice frame, is one of the most distinctive Japanese design elements. Depending on its shape and placement, the screen can function as a wall, a room divider, a window, a shade, a sculptural element or simply a screen. Not so simple is its construction, which requires an understanding of select woods and paper, and paper substitutes; the mastery of a few specialized Japanese tools, or their American and machine tool substitutes; the ability to work with glue; an appreciation of exact measurements and the art of joinery; and a cabinet-maker’s patience. For those interested in attempting to build a Shoji screen, Jay van Arsdale’s step-by-step, complete how-to guide, clearly written and appropriately illustrated, no doubt would be indispensable. It also should prove helpful for those interested in purchasing or having a Shoji screen made. ($15.95)


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