The Simple Beauty of Japanese Joinery Techniques

Lots of cool things about design on the way this coming week, starting with this Twitter account: The Joinery. Yes, a Twitter account.

Jessica Mairs for Dezeen:

Timber joints slot together in these Tetris-like gifs – the work of a young Japanese man so obsessed by joinery techniques he set up a Twitter account dedicated to the cause.

Named The Joinery, the account bills itself as the complete 3D guide to Japanese joinery styles.

Its creator has a day job in the car industry but is an avid collector of woodwork books.

Finding the complex instructions hard to visualise, he set about creating a set of gifs that illustrate the different ways that pieces of wood can be bonded together – without the use of glue, nails or screws.

It’s practicality in its essence, yet it’s harmonious and poetic. The Japanese have really mastered the art of showcasing the beauty inherent, yet sometimes hidden, in simplicity.

I think I’ve got a woodworking subject sometime during my next two terms of college, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this strangely addicting account until then for inspiration.

On another note, it’s kind of amusing that the name of The Joinery’s creator is nowhere to be found.