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By Azby Brown

The Genius of jap Carpentry tells the tale of the 1200-year-old Yakushiji monastery in Nara and the devoted modern day craftsmen who're operating to revive what has been misplaced to the depredations of time, fireplace and battle. even supposing the total monastery reconstruction aren't accomplished till 2030, one of many major temples, the image corridor, has been thoroughly restored using an analogous woodworking know-how used to create the unique building.

This re-creation of an architectural vintage is through Azby Brown—one of the world's top specialists on eastern structure. It features a new preface and lots of new textual content fabrics and photographs—most of them now to be had in colour for the 1st time. Azby Brown chronicles the painstaking recovery of the temple via vast interviews with the carpenters and woodworkers besides unique drawings in accordance with the plans of grasp chippie Tsunekazu Nishioka.

An inspiring testomony to the commitment of those craftsmen and their philosophy of carpentry paintings as a kind of private achievement, The Genius of eastern Carpentry bargains exact documentation of this singular venture and a relocating reminder of the original cultural continuity present in Japan.

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See ceremonies guages. See instruments: structure and staining instruments hammers (tsuchi). See instruments middle Sutra, forty, forty five Heijō (Nara), 36, 38 hinoki (cypress), 24, 30, 31, 34, forty, sixty eight; varieties of, 31 Hirayama, Ikuo, nine Hōryūji temple, 12, 18, 30, 31, forty Hossō sect. See Buddhism residence chippie (kaoku daiku). See carpenters: different types of Hsüan-tsang. See Genjō Sanzō Ikeda Kensetu, fifty four inkpot and line (sumitsubo). See instruments: format and staining instruments jap bushes: black pine (kuromatsu), 25; cedar (sugi), 25; cherry (sakura), 25; cypress (hinoki) 24, 31; legume (enju), fifty eight; maple (momiji), 25; mulberry (kuwa) 25; oak (kashi), 25; paulownia (kiri), 25, fifty eight; plum, fifty eight; pink pine (akamatsu, mematsu) 24–5; spruce (tsuga) 25; zelkova (keyaki), 24. See additionally hinoki joinery (ki-gumi), 25, eighty four, eighty five, 86 joints, 86–91; varieties of: dovetail splice joint (an hozo), one hundred thirty; gooseneck splice joint (kamatsugi), 86, 86, a hundred and one, 113, 114, 133; mortise, 86, 86, ninety –1, 113; square-headed gooseneck joint (hako kama), one hundred and one; tenon, 21, sixty eight, seventy one, seventy eight, eighty four, 86, 87, 88 –9, 113; tongue and groove (honzanehagi), 126, 143; zigzag splice joint (daimochi tsugi), a hundred and fifteen, 116, 117 Katagiri, Katsumoto, 28 Korea, 15; structure of, 22; architectural affects from, sixteen, 18, sixty eight, 86; construction varieties of, 18; temple layouts of, 18 lath (mawatashi), 138, 139. See additionally partitions structure (sumitsuke), 25, sixty six, sixty seven; instruments, 66–7, sixty seven, seventy four, seventy six Lecture corridor (Daikodō). See Yakushiji temple masonry, sixteen, 22, 24. See additionally foundations grasp carpenters (toryo). See carpenters miya-daiku (temple wood worker) monk’s quarters. See Yakushiji temple stream of wooden, forty four, 70. See additionally shrinkage of wooden work of art. See spiritual work nails, spikes (kugi), eighty two, eighty four, 127, 128, 143, 147 Nara (Heijō), eight, eleven, 15, sixteen, 17, 18, 20, 24, 30, 36, 38, 39, forty, fifty one, sixty eight nationwide Treasures, 39, forty Nishioka, Tsunekazu, 2, 8–11, 12–13, 20–1, 24, 25, 29–35, 29, 30, 33, 34, forty eight, fifty three, fifty five, fifty six, fifty eight, seventy five, 156; documentary on, 12–13; and Hōryūji recovery, 28, 30, 31, forty, fifty eight, seventy six, 86; oral teachings of (kuden), 12–13, 26–7, 46–7, fifty eight, 60–1, 72–3; attractiveness of, 10; spear aircraft revived by way of, eighty one; on instruments and toolmaking, seventy six, 78–9, eighty one; on wooden choice, 26–7, 58–9; and Yakushiji recovery, 28, fifty three, fifty four, 86 Ogawa, Mitsua, eight, forty five Ōta, Hirotarō, forty Octagonal corridor (hakkakudo), forty five. See additionally Yakushiji temple pagodas (tō), sixteen, 24; at Hōryūji, 30, 31; at Yakushiji, 18, 39, forty four, forty five, fifty three painted structure, 18, sixty eight, sixty nine. See additionally naked wooden development paving stones, 144–5, 146 photograph corridor (E-den), building of, 92–153, 92–153; elevations of, 94–5; plans of, ninety two, ninety six. See additionally Yakushiji temple planes (kanna). See instruments plaster (shikkui). See partitions: wattle and daub proportions: of creating elements (hiritsu), forty eight, 50, fifty one, fifty four; of compounds (iiwari), fifty one, fifty one, fifty three, fifty three natural Land sect of Buddhism, 39. See additionally Buddhism purlins: roof purlins (moya), 132, 132, 133, 134, one hundred thirty five; wall purlins (gawa-geta, noki-geta), 70, 112, 112, 113, 114, 117, 127 rafters, nine, 18, forty nine, seventy one, ninety six, 123, 123, 127, 127, 143; ornamental rafters, seventy one; hidden rafters (nodaruki), 132, 132, 133, a hundred thirty five, one hundred thirty five, 136, 137; hip rafters (sumigi), sixty six, 123, 123, 124, a hundred twenty five, 126, 127, 143; reduce or base rafters (ji-sumigi), 123, 123, 124, 126, 127, 127, 128, 129, one hundred thirty; rafter backing forums (kesho ura ita), 129, one hundred thirty; higher rafters (hien-daruki), 123, 123, 124, 126, 127, 127, 128, 129, 129, a hundred thirty, 131 Refectory (Jikido).

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