Before the internet, it would have been hard to imagine that people around the world would one day be unable to get enough of traditional Japanese carpentry, and specifically traditional Japanese joinery.
When you meet other woodworkers who have traveled to Japan and ask them for recommendations on places to see, chances are they will tell you to visit the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe (竹中道具館). I’ve been hearing about the carpentry museum for a while now, and a couple of weeks ago my wife and… Read More »The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Traditional Japanese architecture’s reliance on wood as a building material developed largely in response to Japan’s humid environment—particularly the warm, wet summer months. Raised floors and open spaces ensured proper ventilation to fight the buildup of toxic mold. Wood post-and-beam construction is also useful when designing for typhoon and earthquake resistance.