Traditional Japanese Joinery For Today

August Small Firm Forum
Thursday, August 2, 2012

12 noon to 1:30pm

Traditional Japanese Joinery For Today
Speaker: Jay Van Arsdale

Program Description:

Joinery is the basic wood to wood connection and has been around the construction site for millennium in all countries around the world. This old world device still has lots to offer the contemporary architect, designer, and builder. It offers its clean look and functional connections as solutions to all scales – cabinetry and doors to timber frames. These elegant options give the architect a very unique approach to how members are connected and the materials that can be employed in composing structures. Joinery itself has little effect on the style of the members being held together, but does highlight the craftsmanship and sustainable aspects of long lived creations. In some applications, it can provide a means of convenient assembly and disassembly. The ideas and values embedded in traditional joinery construction are evolving and entering back into the vocabulary of modern building techniques and enable us to build the best structures, large and small.

This presentation will present useful ideas and values that make joinery construction a viable option for modern construction. An overview of the history of joinery use in Japan and China, with examples, will be displayed and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain a more general understanding of joinery, its function design, history and cultural developments.

2. Provide a look at the specific traditional hand tools and techniques of construction.

3. Discuss the general types of Japanese joiners and their building styles that have resulted over time.

4. Discuss some of the ideas, values, and issues embedded in traditional joinery structures that are applicable to the priorities for contemporary construction.
Free for AIA members / $3 for non-members

1.5 CES LUs

Brown bag lunch (BYO lunch)

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