Thursday, September 6, 2018


A lovely set of doors in Sapele with white 2.0mm Warlon acrylic insert material. 
These were photographed on a white background, the small screen in front clearly shows the amount of translucence of the acrylic. 
Elvis had another gig, so he was unable to provide scale- the tall doors are a bit over 7'.

These are for a pocket application, the inner door stiles are wider, so when the shoji door is closed there is the same reveal all around, with 3/4" hidden in the pocket. 

This shows the beautiful ribbon grain of the Sapele.

Monday, August 27, 2018


Sapele Shoji screens for a closet with one of our custom kumiko patterns and 0.3 mm Kinwashi Warlon laminated paper. Span is 120" x 81-1/2".

Elvis stepped in for scale. He is 6 feet tall.

Blunt Kumiko ends are beveled for a nicer finish.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Lathrop Douglass Architects

Beech Shoji Screens with Golden Flax paper.
These are made as a three unit set to go in an interior wall.
 The two larger Shoji form a bi-pass set and will have a track top and bottom and side jambs (not shown). The small shoji panels are fixed - one is a window and the other a light box cover to mimic the window on the other side. They are set in their frames in this photo with some plastic wrap to keep them secure till they are installed.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


A large Sapele 'Shoji' door - 50" x 92". This door combines elements of western and Japanese design. Much like a Japanese exterior door but with 2.0 mm White Unryu Warlon Acrylic instead of wood panels. Note the narrow stiles and rails - on a western door these would be double the width and the light feeling would be lost.

Elvis stepped in to provide scale. He is 6' tall. 
Keith Richards and Eric Clapton were busy. 

Inlaid Ebony door pull and Sapele - classy! Another detail we use is to have a little bevel between the stiles and rails - the little shadow line to the right of the pull. On a western door this would be completely flush. On a Japanese door, typically the rails and stiles are of different thicknesses and show a reveal at this point. Though our rails and stiles are the same 1 3/8" thickness, the bevel reflects the Japanese design.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Herring Homes

Two LARGE Shoji screens for a double pocket door opening. 
For comparison, the blue tape indicates a normal 80" door height. 

 These Shoji are 48" wide and 100" tall. Careful attention to proportions resulted in these large  Shoji screens having a pleasing balanced look.

 They are made from European Beech, with 2 mm white Warlon acrylic, Beech lower door panels, large inlaid Ebony pulls and brushed nickel edge pulls. (pictured below)

Monday, June 25, 2018


Shoji built in Sapele, our Kpattern #21 in Sapele, 0.3 mm Golden Flax Warlon laminated paper, inlaid Ebony door pulls and Sapele lower door panels. I tried to get a picture of how pretty the paper / Sapele looked together but the camera didn't really show the colors very well.

Monday, June 18, 2018


Three of the six Shoji screens that will span about 17 feet. Built in Beech with Kumiko pattern #13, Kinwashi Warlon laminated paper and Beech lower door panels.