I have three of Azby s books and while each has different strengths and weaknesses I think this was the least interesting of the three.If you are planning to build or simply interested in wooden temple shrine complexes then this is an in depth study on the subject and you will surely be pleased with the detail and photos provided.If however you are interested in Japanese carpentry in a larger sense basic principles, joints, techniques, examples of use in housing and furniture, you will be disappointed as this book really should be called Carpentry of Japanese Shrines Temples. The Genius Of Japanese Carpentry Tells The Story Of TheYear Old Yakushiji Monastery In Nara And The Dedicated Modern Day Craftsmen Who Are Working To Restore What Has Been Lost To The Depredations Of Time, Fire And Warfare Although The Full Monastery Reconstruction Will Not Be Completed Until , One Of The Main Temples, The Picture Hall, Has Been Completely Restored Employing The Same Woodworking Technology Used To Create The Original Building This New Edition Of An Architectural Classic Is By Azby Brownone Of The World S Leading Experts On Japanese Architecture It Contains A New Preface And Many New Text Materials And Photographsmost Of Them Now Available In Color For The First Time Azby Brown Chronicles The Painstaking Restoration Of The Temple Through Extensive Interviews With The Carpenters And Woodworkers Along With Original Drawings Based On The Plans Of Master Carpenter Tsunekazu NishiokaAn Inspiring Testament To The Dedication Of These Craftsmen And Their Philosophy Of Carpentry Work As A Form Of Personal Fulfillment, The Genius Of Japanese Carpentry Offers Detailed Documentation Of This Singular Project And A Moving Reminder Of The Unique Cultural Continuity Found In JapanS AZBY BROWN BIs An Associate Professor Of Architecture At The Kanazawa Institute Of Technology A Native Of New Orleans, He Received A Bachelor S Degree In Fine Art From Yale University In , And Completed Graduate Studies Through The Doctorate Level At The University Of Tokyo In Addition To His Own Design Practice, He Exhibits And Lectures Frequently Both In Japan And Abroad His Second Book, Small Spaces, Was Published By Kodansha International In An excellent book The author is able to capture the spirit of Japanese carpentry I to was able to apprentice under a daiku A bit on usual I admit but probably the best teacher I ever had Not sure why people gave some harsh reviews of this incredible book The book is centered around the restoration of Yakushiji shrine in Nara, with the original grandeur expected to be complete in 2030 I do not agree that it is a beginners book, and it is not exactly a how to book because this art can only be taught from master to apprentice learning it from a book would be impossible Further, it states in the intro that it is not a how to book, but is rather an on the scenes account of the project a mission the book excels at.The book explains all the basic techniques that go into this style of construction, from design, to wood selection, to the tools and joinery It is filled with great b w photos and diagrams of the architectural design and follows the story as a group of builders recreate an authentic reproduction of the Picture Hall in the Sanzo in sub compound from 1985 88 On this journey the book aptly demonstrates the intricate process and does so in a way that is easy to understand even though it is next to impossible for anyone not trained in this art to do The book also tells the story of the fascinating master builder Nishioka born 1908 who was contracted for the project, and the author s experience as an apprentice in Japan learning this art.An amazing feature of Japanese temple architecture that Nishioka adhered to is the selection of trees Giant Hinoki are selected according to orientation, so for example a tree on the north side of a mountain is marked, and the northern exposed side of the wood is used on the north facing side of the temple I don t think westerners ever dreamed of this concept.One of Nishioka s first projects involved restoration work on Horyuji shrine Built some 1300 years ago, Nishioka determined the original wood construction was good for another 2000 years Amazing.If you are unfamiliar with Yakushiji, it is a 1,300 year old Buddhist monastery built 718 It offered a stunning recurrence of the symetrical composition of the Chinese prototypes, including 2 32 meter pagodas.This is one of my favorite books on traditional Japanese architecture, and I highly recommend it. Not a how to book at all Ordinary carpenters may be mystified by it Excellent at conveying the spirit and sophistication of the high level temple woodworkers of Japan Well worth the time to both read and contemplate the history and tradition that inform and support the elegance of traditional building arts in Japan written by a long term resident Japan American architect.
- 160 pages
- The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft (English Edition)
- Azby Brown
- 04 July 2019 Azby Brown