Monday, December 17, 2012

G2 - Kato

Shoji screen pocket door
Shoji screen pocket door for a Chicago area restaurant. Built in Beech with 2 mm Warlon Acrylic sheeting material.

Friday, November 30, 2012

This month flew

and I've been tardy at putting images on this blog so here are a few shoji for the month.

Cherry shoji with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and Warlon Amber Acrylic insert material. They are pocket doors so have wider stiles on the pocket side with inlaid edge pulls and door pulls. This is the second order from this client.. so nice .

These shoji are unfinished Port Orford Cedar with Port Orford Cedar kumiko for window shoji. They will be near each other so the horizontal kumiko needed to align even with the difference in heights.

Beech shoji, frames and kumiko, with Warlon Acrylic insert material and wood tracking for an outdoor barbeque area. They'll be finished for outdoor duty on-site.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

So far news from friends and family back east has been good but so so many were not as lucky. I'm looking for ways to help and thought I'd share what I found.

Craig Newmark, of Craigslist, has put together a resource page for people looking for ways to help with disaster relief - .

American Red Cross -

You can check up on the charity of your choice using the Charity Navigator - . Not all charities will be listed but they do an admirable job of collating the information.

For area residents looking to volunteer - this Huffington Post page has what looks like a Twitter feed with schools and other organizations looking for help. Also noted are resources for people needing a place to stay.

Another Huffington Post page with information about FEMA programs and contact numbers.
FEMA's website -

Monday, October 22, 2012


Shoji Designs Inc. - Custom Japanese Shoji Screens
One of the two sets of bi-part shoji doors built for a remodel. Beech shoji with a wider bottom rail, inlaid Ebony door pulls and 2.0 mm White Warlon Acrylic insert material. These be installed with surface mounted tracking (barn-door type install).

Shoji Designs Inc. - Custom Japanese Shoji Screens
Shoji pocket door with the same specs as above.

Detail of inlaid Ebony door pull and inlaid Baldwin edge pull on pocket door.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blue Ridge Building

Beech shoji with Warlon paper and 'faux' Rosewood inlaid door pulls. Bi-part install for a bedroom doorway where the shoji slide over bookcases to open.

Shoji for a double pocket between a bedroom and bath. The narrower shoji are stored behind these hence the shadow.

Shoji for a bi-pass 'barn door' type install also in the bath area.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Beech shoji, stained and finished, with one of our fancier kumiko patterns and Amber Warlon Acrylic as the insert material.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Price shoji installed

We received pictures from our clients awhile back and I've finally gotten them in our portfolio. Thank you! for the wonderful images.. hope I did them justice.

Here is the new portfolio page.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Two of four Beech Shoji, approximately 45" x 79", with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, White Haruki Warlon paper and Japanese Cherry inlaid door pulls. Very pretty. I'd love to see all four spread out but don't have the room here. Maybe our clients will send us a picture? 

Monday, July 2, 2012


Two of the four shoji built for an entry closet. Maple frames and kumiko with Cherry panels, 0.45 mm White Warlon paper and Japanese cherry inlaid door pulls.

Detail of the door pull inlay.

Detail of the figured cherry panels.

Three of the four shoji panels for a window / light well. Beech shoji with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, Japanese cherry inlaid door pulls and 0.45 mm White Warlon paper. This kumiko pattern is a variation to compliment other shoji doors in this room.

Closer? shot of the shoji screens.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Fixed shoji panels with black satin finish, Warlon Acrylic insert material and a fancy kumiko pattern. Two different widths, the kumiko pattern's horizontal elements were kept in line as these shoji will be in view of each other. The blunt ends in the kumiko pattern are achieved by cutting the top kumiko notch on a diagonal so from the side you do not see the join.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Website Portfolio update

Updated the website portfolio with this master bedroom install. Many shoji screens used for doors and wall coverings.
Here's a link - Master bedroom remodel.
Our thanks to Kay Walsh for the beautiful images.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Crews / McDevitt

Beech shoji screens with White Unryu laminated paper and Japanese Cherry inlaid door pulls for a bi-part install. 
Each shoji is 44" wide by almost 88" tall. 
The outer stiles are wider to overlap side columns.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Shoji pocket doors for a double pocket. They'll be linked so the second one will follow the lead shoji when it's pulled out of the pocket. Beech shoji with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and Warlon paper.


Shoji pocket doors for two different areas, hence one is stained and one is not. There's a new puppy in the house so we used Warlon Acrylic as the insert material. The kumiko pattern matches a shoji we made for them years ago. I'm not sure if it's on our style sheet or not... should be.

Folding shoji screen

Shoji panels for a free-standing folding shoji.

A pretty thing with a Beech frame, fancy kumiko pattern (21), and White Unryu paper.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tea house shoji installed. Thanks to our client for sending a picture.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Custom shoji screen built in Beech wood with Port Orford Cedar kumiko in one of our fancy patterns, 0.3 mm Kinwashi Warlon paper and Ebony inlaid door pulls.

Detail shot.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Highlands / Copeland

Cherry shoji screens with Warlon Acrylic sheeting material for a bathroom wall / sliding door (above) and for the commode room (below). Above there are two fixed panels with one sliding; notice the difference in the upper rails. The upper rail height was increased on the fixed shoji so the horizontal kumiko aligned. These shoji will be installed on a short rise.

Below, since these shoji are in the same room, the lower door rail height was increased so the horizontal kumiko aligned with the fixed/sliding shoji. There were three different shoji heights in this one area so a bit tricky to work out...

Kitchen sliding shoji with Warlon laminated paper instead of the acrylic.

Last but not least the bedroom pocket shoji door.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Custom stained shoji in Beech with Chiri Warlon paper, one of our fancy kumiko patterns and inlaid ebony door pulls.
And a close-up.