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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Shoji screens for a bath tub bay window. Built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and White Unryu Warlon Acrylic. Inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls set at a reachable height when tub sitting.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


A beautiful set of three Shoji screens, built in Cherry with Kinwashi Warlon paper
and our Kumiko pattern 18.

This photo shows one of the screens leaning up against white cardboard- it shows a truer color than the brown cardboard back drop.

Note the carefully beveled ends on the floating kumiko- one of our signature details.

This particular lot of Cherry had some lovely curl in the grain!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Sapele Shoji doors that will be installed with Bommer 7811 swinging door hardware, hence the cut-out on the bottom of the Shoji screens. Insert material is 2.0 mm White Warlon Acrylic.

Monday, April 30, 2018


Cherry Shoji with Golden Flax Warlon to slide as one unit. 
They are hooked together with bed rail fasteners, it makes a nice neat hidden join.
Detail images below. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Melton Design Build

Master bathroom Shoji with 2.0 mm White Warlon Acrylic for two openings. Order includes valances for both - a single 'barn door' install and a bi-pass door install. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Beech shoji screens with 0.3 mm Opaque White Warlon, Beech lower door panels and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls. Span is 144" x 80"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Barth Construction part 2

Shoji for a lovely mountain home. In Maple, with opaque (bright white, no fibers) white Warlon.
 A plethora of different sizes means a very close track on parts count and organization!
This is just a few of them, the stack is deep.

Cute is the word everyone used.....

The Arc of Shoji. 
Some say our crates can be used for transoceanic voyages...

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.