Sometimes it’s hard to believe one has reached a destination, a brief stop along the Way, but here we are. Dazed and confused, maybe a little bruised, perhaps.
29th and final post in this step-by-step account of the design and construction of a Japanese free-standing screen, or tsuitate. Thanks for hanging in there!
It was a longish day today that went quite well all around. At this point, I’m feeling pretty expansive and satisfied with the whole thing now that I can take a break, have a beer and unwind. I think assembling a piece without any glue was part of that, as it dropped the usual stress surrounding that process to zero.
There were a myriad of minor tasks to deal with before assembly. Here’s a partial rundown:
I tested the fit of the pegs in the tenon mortises, and made a couple of minor trims as a result – it never hurts to double-check these sorts of things:
I finish-planed the kōshi ita:
And then there was the matter of applying my maker’s mark, which I make in a stylized form of a Chinese Bellflower, kiku, coming out of a pentagonal frame. The pentagon ring is Gabon Ebony, along with the center of the flower, while the petals are Bubinga:
I’ve still got a minor amount of work with a little more finish oiling here and there, maybe another hour of pottering around. Soon enough I’ll get some decent photos taken so I can add it to my portfolio.
Otherwise, that’s it. What’s next?
Thanks for coming by today to see what is what. Your comments are always welcome.