Tuesday, November 21, 2017


A nice set of Beech shoji with Opaque White Warlon paper, Port Orford Cedar kumiko, Beech lower door panels and inlaid Japanese Cherry door pulls. A pocket door and a pair of sliding screens for a closet.

The closet pair of shoji.

This is an open kumiko (grid) screen, no paper, to go over a white glass wall -we took the picture on a piece of white cardboard.

Detail of  this single sided kumiko.

Japanese cherry pull in a beech screen.

A satin nickel edge pull, for getting a pocket door out of the pocket.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Cherry Shoji Screens - 97-3/4" tall - with Cherry lower panels, Golden Flax Warlon Paper and inlaid Ebony door pulls. A close up of the inlaid door pull is below. 

Beech Shoji Screens with Port Orford Cedar Kumiko, White Warlon paper and Japanese Cherry inlaid door pulls.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Beech Shoji screens with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, Beech lower doors panels, White Unryu Warlon Acrylic and inlaid Ebony Door pulls. Below is a detail of the inlaid pull and a shot of  tracking and side jambs.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Eucalyptus Terrace CA

Custom Shoji Screens
Custom Shoji - 9.5 by 3 feet - in unfinished Sapele and 2.0 mm White Unryu Warlon Acrylic.
Client is finishing these on site. And then there's the monster crate, a weighty shipment.

Client install - MN

Custom Shoji Screens
Remodel complete - our client was kind enough to send pictures of his Shoji screens installed. I really like the different wood tones in the room and how they complement each other.

Monday, September 25, 2017


12 screens for a yoga/zen/judo teaching center.  Well, 13 actually - we often run a few extra parts in case we lose one in manufacturing, and in this case, had enough to build an extra screen- might be useful to have around if those martial arts people get wild!

These screens have a nice proportion at 1-2 for the overall screen and 1-1 (squares) for the kumiko pattern.  Elegant and quiet in effect.

Screens and track ready to go - people sometimes ask about our crating costs. They don't ask after they see the crates. We make beautiful custom work and believe it is far better to go to the effort of first class packaging than to build replacements because of shipping damage.  Plus, the crate and track crate can be used  as a hull and outrigger in an expedition mounted to explore the South Pacific......

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Beech Shoji screens for a closet, span is about 106" by 80". Instead of Warlon laminated paper the client chose 2.0 mm Unryu Acrylic from Warlon. This Acrylic is more opaque, more light bounces back than goes through, hence the shadows from clothes in the closet will not be as noticeable. Comparison pictures below.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Two window shoji - 50" x 72" x 1-3/8" and 28" x 18" x 1-3/8"
Built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and 0.45 mm White Warlon Paper.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


These are tall shoji screens- just about 8 feet. Made with Beech, Port Orford Cedar and .45 white Warlon laminated paper.  A 2-1 ratio is carried throughout- each small rectangle is 2-1, and each group of four rectangles is a 2-1 ratio. Two groups of four form a square and there are three squares to fill the whole screen height. Confused yet?

Our standard tight inlay of Ebony door pulls.

Upper (left) and lower (right) wood tracks for three shoji screens. There is a small plastic glide we put on the bottom edge of the screens, to engage the thumbnail profile on the lower track- much easier to clean and a lot more friendly on bare feet than a square edge groove. The lower track is finished with a urethane floor finish.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hughes Installed

A big Thank You to our client for sending pictures!

Beautiful Shoji doors from Shoji Designs Inc - with and without back lighting.
I couldn't be happier!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Carrera Millwork Inc

Tall shoji  (96"!) with Bamboo pattern Warlon paper.  Simple kumiko patterns like this show off the patterned papers best. Shoji built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Beautiful shoji, terrible pictures- sorry! Shoji screens built in Beech, with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and "Golden Flax" Warlon paper. The kumiko pattern is our "P-11" (squares) - note the bottom panel is the same size as two of the rows of squares. 
These are elegant, quiet shoji and the "Golden Flax" paper gives them a little zing especially up close. They will cover a walk-through and both slide right over a wall on a double track.

Monday, March 6, 2017


A set of striking Sapele (sometimes called African mahogany) shoji screens with white Warlon paper, Sapele lower door panels and inlaid ebony pulls. We designed the kumiko pattern so the corner squares are 1-1, the panel 3-1, the tall rectangles 1-2 and the proportions are reflected when multiple sections are combined. All this goes under the radar when just gazing at the shoji screens, but it is an important part of a harmonious appearance.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Three of four screens to span a wall closet, special lighting from the back will really make these delicious!  Beech frames, Port Orford kumiko, 0.3 white Warlon paper and beautiful, matched ribbon stripe Sapele panels. The look is quiet, elegant, and powerful.

We spend a lot of effort to make sure our shoji have pleasing proportions, we do not "cookie cutter" them. Each screen is looked at and proportions adjusted to be as harmonious as possible. We use various geometric ratios, sometimes 1-2 or 3-1 etc. and on occasion the golden section (1-1.618) or even the Fibonacci series (1-1-2-3-5-8 etc.).  Some shoji work up easier than others, these screens practically fell together.

These shoji screens are 1-2  ratio overall  (half as wide as they are tall).
The panel is 3-1. The panel height is one sixth of the screen height, six kumiko rectangles equal the wood panel in size.
And the kumiko grid is 2-1, same proportion as the entire shoji, tipped on it's side.
All of this is subliminal, but results in relaxed and pleasing proportions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eclectic Home

Custom shoji screens for a closet opening, span is 71-3/4" by 80". Shoji are build in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko, 0.3 mm Kinwashi Warlon Paper and Ebony inlaid door pulls.

It's a pretty combination on these shoji.

Craig Wilkinson Inc

Custom shoji screens for a new home construction in Mississippi. The black satin stain is actually a dye with tinted lacquer over the top. Ed prefers this application as it allows some of the wood grain to show through - they don't have the painted plastic look. All 10 shoji screens in this order are close to 8' tall - pictured above is a set of 4 all 48" wide, only 3 are visible.

Above is the set of 3 shoji screens also for the dining room - 38" wide. 

Above is the 2 shoji for the study and a pocket door for the kitchen.