Monday, February 19, 2018

Work Bench

We build stout crates, and one of our clients got creative and re-used the wood and plywood to build a work bench. Her note below.

It’s not quite finished, but here’s the work bench I made using lumber from the beautiful crate my perfect Shoji screens came in. Shoji photos when the valances are installed.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Cherry Shoji Screens with Kinwashi paper, Cherry panels and our pattern #20

Note the panel grain is perfectly centered. Note the ebony pull falls center between the horizontal kumiko. The one that is not there!  Let the eye traverse left to the last square and it becomes apparent.

Gorgeous silky cherry panel.

This is a hidden tapered half lap joint, for maximum strength ,  leaving the outside of the joint to show unbroken smooth grain.

Trade secret- how we clamp- a few left over wood slats  and some softwood wedges. Sometimes ancient simplicity is best. Strong, light, and makes good kindling when job is done!


Beech Shoji to span 60" x 80" with Kinwashi Warlon paper and Ebony Door Pulls.
Will be installed with wood tracking.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


. "Rising moon with clouds over water."
 Sapele, Amber Warlon acrylic.

 The moon is a slightly lighter wood, the "ocean" is  a Fibonacci series- 1,2,3,5...
 And Ed got creative with the joinery.. see detail images following. Shoji panel size is 38-1/2" w x 40-1/2" h. This is a fixed panel designed to be back lit for a night light. 

This is how we finish the ends of unsupported kumiko- a nice clean bevel- the piece is about the size of a pencil

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Barth Construction

A group of shoji pocket doors built in Maple with Maple lower door panels, Opaque White Warlon paper
 and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls.

How the pocket door lock functions.

The inlaid door pulls and edge pulls.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Three folding shoji screens to span 54" wide by 70" tall.
Put together with Sugatsune's Stainless steel double acting hinges.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


A nice set of Beech shoji with Opaque White Warlon paper, Port Orford Cedar kumiko, Beech lower door panels and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls. A pocket door and a pair of sliding screens for a closet.

The closet pair of shoji.

This is an open kumiko (grid) screen, no paper, to go over a white glass wall -we took the picture on a piece of white cardboard.

Detail of  this single sided kumiko.

Japanese cherry pull in a beech screen.

A satin nickel edge pull, for getting a pocket door out of the pocket.