For centuries, traditional Japanese craftsmen have used complex, interlocking techniques for wood joinery. According to ArchDaily, these interlocking techniques had been widely unavailable to the public, that is, until recently. The complex nature of these joints also made 2-dimensional depictions rather difficult to visualize.
Case in point: Shigeru Ban’s interlocking wooden truss ceiling at the Aspen Art Museum.
A young Japanese man working in automobile marketing began to compile all the information on wood joinery he could find, and started creating his own 3-dimensional depictions of the joint movement to illustrate how the pieces interlock. He uses mechanical design software Fusion360 to create animations of the joinery and posts them to a twitter account called, The Joinery.
The account features 80 animations of joinery techniques. Via ArchDaily, ‘The complex cuts in the wood maximize the amount of surface area shared by the connecting wood elements, helping to create a snug fit held together by friction.’
Prepare to be mesmerized and check them out below!
四枚鎌継ぎ Yonmai-kama-tsugi pic.twitter.com/1LApi4GlQu
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) October 1, 2016
通し違い枘差し枘鼻栓仕口 Toshi-chigai-hozo-sashi-hanasen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/1ToumLNXMM
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 30, 2016
貝の口継ぎ Kai-no-kuchi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/dj9N8ZftqS
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 13, 2016
半いすか竿車知継ぎ Han-isuka-sao-shachi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/AaGICBbcVp
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 5, 2016
渡り顎二重枘仕口 Watari-ago-niju-hozo-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/4U3hrvFMGt
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 1, 2016
箱相欠き車知栓仕口 Hako-aikaki-shachi-sen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/FKRVB8uDVt
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) July 6, 2016
箱車知栓継ぎ Hako-shachisen-tsugi pic.twitter.com/NOhU3ktifp
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 3, 2016
河合継手 Kawai-tsugite pic.twitter.com/WQwxeZ7t4M
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 17, 2016
篠差し蟻仕口 Shinozashi-ari-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/3AcAt5WU6B
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 4, 2016
三方組仕口 Sampo-gumi-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/OdgpaTBvcs
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 3, 2016
車知栓継ぎ仕口の四方差し Shachisen-tsugi-shikuchi-no-shihousashi pic.twitter.com/WDnoxrtIr0
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 25, 2016
Image: Architectural Record