Contents

Summary

This issue explores architectural thinking through traditional Japanese tools and craftsmanship, and features works from the Takenaka Corporation and the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum (TCTM). For the TCTM, which exhibits the histories of significant daiku (carpenters) from different generations, each era is a story of these craftsmen’s pursuits of better making through their own wisdom, and these stories come together to form the historical knowledge of "Japanese craftsmanship."
 
Mark Mulligan, architect and co-curator of a recent exhibition at the Harvard GSD on Japanese carpentry tools, begins the issue with an essay exploring this craftsmanship's relationship to modernity. Also featured is an essay by architect and historian Terunobu Fujimori, the transcript of a dialogue between craftsmen Akinori Abo, Shuji Yamada, and Naoki Kusumu on manufacturing, and the presentation of contemporary adaptations of the very techniques—be they the development of tools, carpentry methods, or management of timber production—that constitute the knowledge celebrated by the TCTM.
 
Introduction
Craftsmanship For Our Time
Mark Mulligan
 
Craftsmanship, Space, and Carpentry Tools
Chip / Strike / Split, Cut / Polish,  Notch / Join,
Stroke / Press,  Weave,  Harden,  Roof 
 
Dialogue
Engaging with Materials, Conveying the Skills of the Craftsman 
Akinori Abo, Shuji Yamada, Naoki Kusumi, Kenzo Akao,
Tomoaki Kawai, Takeya Obata
 
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum 
 
Essay
The Power of Handwork
Terunobu Fujimori
 
Chip / Strike / Split
Sagawa Art Museum Raku Kichizaemon Building 
Imari Minami Aoyama 
Oku-Go-Yashiki 
MIKI Corporation Tokyo Headquarter Building-No1 
 
Cut / Polish
Suitengu 106
Suntory World Research Center 
Takenaka Corporation Tokyo Main Office 
 
Notch / Join
Strong Building 
Osaka Timber Association Building 
Kobe International Junior & Senior High School Kono Memorial Hall 
 
Stroke / Press
Kobe Reformed Theological Seminary 
Choraku-Ji ‘Zazen’ Hall 
Kaiundo Main Shop 
 
Weave
Shiseido Head Office (Ginza Office) 
Waseda Shogekijo Drama-Kan Theater 
Obaku-san Manpuku-ji Bunkaden 
Takenaka Corporation Nagoya Branch Office Guest Lobby 
 
Harden
Hyogo University, The Faculty of Health Science 
LIXIL Showroom Nagoya 
The Fukuoka Bankers Association Hall 
 
Roof
Harimayahonten Ikuno Head Shop 
Urabandai Kogen-Hotel 
Reiyukai Shakaden 
Kiyoshikojin Seichoji Museum of History and Art 
 
Epilogue
Hand and Spirit – Connecting Tradition with Innovation 
Toichi Takenaka