Monday, March 28, 2011


Black satin shoji with Kinwashi Warlon paper and ebony pulls.

A bit of a close-up.

Detail of ebony pull and a sleek finish.


Cherry shoji with 2.0 mm Amber Warlon acrylic and ebony pulls. We forgot to get a picture until they were in their cardboard packaging.. hence the interesting camera shot angle. New cherry is pretty light and will darken with age. There's an example on this page.

Kumiko joinery detail.

Inlaid ebony door pull detail.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Left Coast Builders

Two shoji panels to provide privacy for an office space. Beech frames with Port Orford Cedar kumiko with Ed's coffee cup for scale.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Shoji in Beech with beech lower panels and Warlon Kinwashi paper, pictured are two of the four in the order. We didn't have enough room to spread them out.

The ranma, or transoms, this image is not to the same scale so they look small indeed. The shoji and transoms are the completion of this idea. The transoms are the first design on that page.

Close-up of the transom kumiko, all of the free ends have a tidy trim. The kumiko are also thicker than usual.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Cherry window shoji with White Warlon Paper. There's some pretty figure in the cherry visible in the top and bottom rails.

Close-up to see the figure in the cherry better.

Cherry darkens with age and this picture shows the contrast between the newly made shoji and a stile that is at least 6 months old.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Black Satin

We often get requests for black satin stain so I wanted to show the two options available. The first shoji have both both the frame and kumiko stained black.

This second image has only the shoji frame stained black with the kumiko left natural cedar.

Sometimes it's fun to mix it up a bit.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Warlon Tough Top.

We have a new product! The advertising photo for Tough Top in the Warlon catalog is so fun I wanted to give it some air time. Warlon states Tough Top has a 'general shoji strength 4 times that of paper. (and my favorite) Dusting and mischief of child all right.'

This paper will tear from the edge though once in a shoji frame that would not be a concern. The information from our product catalog states that if it is dented it will come back to flat with a little heat. Tough Top will also adhere to kumiko with wheat paste or glue so is like traditional Japanese paper without the ability to poke a hole in it with your finger.

Here are the 'working' instructions from the catalog.

Visually, Tough Top is a white, fairly opaque paper with visible paper fibers apparent on one side. It seems to have a front and a back though the difference is subtle.