Monday, December 16, 2013

J&K Building & Remodeling

Custom shoji screens for three openings along a wall. Closet and guest bedroom shoji shown below.. we forgot to get a picture of the master shoji before they were packed! Shoji are built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, Kinwashi Warlon paper and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls.

Monday, December 9, 2013


We received this nice email today, I just had to share.

"All, The screens went in this weekend - they look amazing but they way they were shipped and all the parts and pieces in labeled bags - very impressed as was the cabinet maker that did the install - well done!!! I'll send a picture.

Have a wonderful holiday season. Richard"

Monday, November 25, 2013


Cherry shoji with cherry kumiko, cherry lower shoji door panels, 0.3 mm Kinwashi Warlon Paper and Ebony inlaid door pulls installed as an office room divider. Left side shoji are about 46" x 81" and the right side shoji are 62" x 81". Intermediate stile added for rigidity on the wider shoji.

They completely transformed the space and our client was really happy with them.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Elegant Additions

Beech Shoji with the last of our double sided White Unryu Paper. Oh, I should mention, the blue tape marks the face of the shoji and will be removed after install... 
it's not a new kind of door pull.

A wall guide - new thing for us. The tracking will be installed on the wall surface above the opening and the shoji will bi-part with the guide installed at the base of the wall. The guide will never be seen behind, or under, the shoji due to it's small size.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Beech shoji screens with Beech lower door panels, Warlon Chiri paper and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls. Shoji will be installed with wood tracking as a room divider.

Closeup of inlaid door pull.

Every sheet of Chiri Warlon paper is different.

Lower door panel detail photo.

Kumiko detail photo.

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Shoji built for a 'cafe door' type install with gravity pivot hinges. Beech stained to match with Paper Leaf Lumicor insert material, a specialty laminate product.

Closeup of the Paper Leaf laminate.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Honolulu bound

Custom shoji screens built of Sapele to offer privacy over a wall of sliding glass doors. One of the requirements was air flow hence the open upper and lower kumiko (the blue is supposed to be sky and the green grass - to show they are open grids). The shoji on the left, in the drawing, has a Sapele panel instead of the Warlon Acrylic insert material. This and two other shoji panels will create a closet, of sorts, to store the glass sliding doors.

We didn't have space in the shop to lay out all the shoji for a picture.

A smaller shoji panel to close off a wall opening. It will be set in with Sapele trim all around.

The open kumiko were milled double thickness. The white background is the table the shoji is laying on.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Helpful Handyman

Four shoji built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar Kumiko and 0.3mm White Warlon paper. These large shoji are 41-3/8" W by 88-1/2" H, which is why only three are pictured. We didn't have the free wall space to set them all up, they span over 13 feet.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Western Red Cedar

A pocket shoji screen with a lower door panel and two sliding shoji panels for a wall window in Western Red Cedar with 0.3 mm White Warlon paper and inlaid Ebony door pulls.

Jacobs Veith

Beech Shoji to span 91-1/2", so each shoji is about 46" by 81" and will slide into side pockets to open. Kumiko in Port Orford Cedar with 0.2 mm Maple Warlon Paper and wider bottom shoji door rails. These are very pretty shoji screens.

A detail of the inlaid 'faux' Rosewood door pulls. Inlaid edge pulls for pocket doors installed but not pictures.

Monday, April 8, 2013


Custom shoji screens to span 120" built in Beech wood and stained 'SW Burnished Walnut', with a custom kumiko pattern, 0.3 mm White Haruki Warlon paper and inlaid door pulls stained to match. We were really happy with the way the custom kumiko pattern came together, hoping our client is also.

A little closer look at that beautiful kumiko pattern.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hsu Brooks

Shoji screens built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, 0.3 mm White Warlon Paper and Ebony inlaid door pulls. There's four room divider shoji and two entrance shoji in a row here. We didn't have the wall space in the shop to spread them all out.

The shoji for the window opening.

The entrance shoji on their own.

Monday, February 18, 2013


Custom Beech shoji screens with 2.0 mm White Warlon Acrylic, Ebony inlaid door pulls and edge pulls. These are the shoji pictured in drawing form on this page. They are to span a wall with two door openings. A fixed shoji creates a pocket that the three sliding shoji store in. Another fixed shoji covers a small bit of wall area to complete the look.
One of the two sliding shoji for the widest door opening, they are each 50" wide. We didn't have the free wall space to show them both at the same time.
The fixed shoji that creates the pocket. It has taller door stiles to help 'fix' it in place inside the soffit.
The second doorway shoji with the fixed shoji panel it will close against. I altered the pattern to work with the whole and look well in this narrow panel.

With a job like this there are many bits needed for install. And of course extremely stout crates to get the whole thing shipped across country in one piece.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Three closet shoji (only two pictured) in beech, stained a dark cherry color, with natural beech kumiko, 0.3mm opaque white Warlon paper and inlaid ebony door pulls. Approximately shoji size is 43" x 84".

Here's a close-up showing the nice color contrast between the stained frames and natural beech kumiko.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Custom Kumiko Two

A different client sent us a drawing of what he had in mind for the kumiko his shoji and I translated it into this pattern which he was pleased with.

This order is not in production yet, I'll post some process pictures once it is.

Custom Kumiko Pattern

We're working on a set of shoji that need to span 209" of doorway and wall space where each section is a different width. The kumiko pattern our client choose needed to be customized to look pleasing across that many differently proportioned shoji.

The first image is from inside the room. The fixed shoji are represented with lighter frames. The one large fixed shoji panel will form a pocket that the three sliding shoji store behind.

Here's what that wall of shoji will look like from the other side.

And here's the stack of kumiko frames piling up. The frames are resting against kumiko for a different job, I like the way they look all stacked up without the laminated paper installed.