Japan--culture of wood: buildings, objects, techniques

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Birkhäuser, 2004 - Architecture - 247 pages
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Japan is synonymous worldwide with traditional timber construction and the diversified use of wood in every sphere. Out of a long-enduring tradition emerge products of unrivalled refinement, craftsmanship and minimalist design. From bridges, through dwellings, sliding doors and furniture, to receptacles, tools and musical instruments, this publication presents the technique, tradition, context and production of some 30 different kinds of objects, focusing on the genesis of each. Every step from material selection through to surface finish is captured directly by noted photographer Roland Bauer in fascinating sequences, which combine with the detailed drawings to make each item's composition and production easy to grasp.

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Foreword
6
Introduction Architecture
8
Wooden bridges
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Henrichsen was born in Andernach, Germany, apprenticed as a joiner in Germany, Journeyman years in England, master's degree, studied art history and Japanology in Cologne, Germany and Tokyo, involved in restoring a medieval temple hall in Japan for three years, supervised a German-Japanese research project for restoring timber buildings at the Monument Preservation Office of Hesse, Germany, taught and occupied a temporary chair at the universities of Heidelberg and Dortmund, currently working on monument preservation.

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