Monday, November 23, 2009


I really enjoy receiving happy notes from happy clients (don't we all?) but this one made me laugh out loud. A very nice note for sure.

The Shoji arrived on Monday. As I checked the crate for possible damage I thought, “If the screens are damaged inside this thing, I’d hate to see the other guy.”

Unpacking the crate was a snap. I brought the screens upstairs in just the interior packaging, which made it easy even with them still protected.

I opened the package and “Viola, they’re beautiful!” I wanted to get them hung right away to see how they’d look in place. Then I thought, “Oh no, no directions. (Oops!) But it quickly became evident that none are needed. The track and roller system on which they hang is really well designed and easy to install. Attaching or removing the screens is a snap.

The screens glide with incredible smoothness. And the look great! Thanks for the high quality product. They’re outstanding in design, fit and finish, ease of installation, and effortless operation.

R. Leonard

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A new style

We've worked up a new kumiko style for a project and I thought I'd share. There's two sets of shoji doors in the room and one set is not a good width for the requested kumiko pattern. Some kumiko styles are very height / width proportion specific. Ed wanted to keep the horizontal elements consistent given the close proximity of these shoji so he worked up an interesting alternative. Should be an interesting one to build also.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Unique Environments

Cherry shoji with cherry panels, size is 30" x 92", for a bi-part install over cabinetry.

A close-up of the figure in the cherry shoji panels.

A close-up of the inlaid door pulls.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Outback Inc.

Beech shoji with beech panels for a bedroom, approx. size 30" x 80".

Complimentary shoji were built for an entertainment center, approx. size 37" x 65".

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Beech shoji, about 27" x 82" with Japanese Cherry inlaid door pulls.

A detail shot of the inlaid door pull.


Port Orford Cedar shoji planed smooth and left natural. The bottom door panels are solid cedar also planned smooth as glass. Approximate size for each shoji screen is 45" x 82", Warlon Kinwashi Paper and Ebony door pulls.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Another Prarie Style

This is a popular kumiko style. This Maple shoji is 43" x 97" with Warlon acrylic sheeting material and figured Maple lower door panel.

McCabe Construction

Beech shoji screens 53" wide by 93" tall, kumiko pattern #4 from style sheet. (There's alot of that going around lately..) With 1/8" thick acrylic sheeting instead of paper these shoji weigh in at 61 lbs. each!

Stained to match

Shoji screens in Beech, stained to match clients stain sample. Kumiko #4 from style sheet with Warlon paper and ebony pulls.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Detail shot of an inlaid door pull in custom color stained shoji. The picture of all the shoji, full size, came out too blurry to post. Sometimes the quick shop pic is just a tad too quick.


Quick shop pictures of our Kumiko Pattern #14 with White Warlon Acrylic inset material. These shoji are beech.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Eliot Building Co

A quick shop picture of the Eliot/Martin shoji screens. Ed didn't spread them out so it's hard to see the ones in the back of the stack; but they're all there.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Vacations are great but with the flurry before leaving and the flurry upon return I haven't posted in a month!

These custom shoji for Hansen Homes have ebony accents in the kumiko design. I believe we have a detail shot of this in the slide show on the website. The shoji are Fir with Cherry kumiko, Kinwashi Warlon paper. Approximate size 26" x 46"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shipping Inspector

Our mouse removal expert and shipping inspector on break.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Floor to Ceiling

A quick shop picture of a shoji screen that will be installed in a floor to ceiling framework to create a visual break in a bathroom. That fancy kumiko pattern we came up with after seeing a vintage six panel Japanese screen in an antique store in Port Townsend WA. What we came up with wasn't nearly as complex as that old Japanese screen but we tried to do it justice.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Circle Square

A few quick shop pictures of the round shoji window assembly. This design is in the spirit of a Japanese teahouse window. We forgot to take pictures of the rest of this client's order, all had kumiko patterns that were a bit different. Hopefully we'll get pictures from our client once the shoji are installed.