If you’ve been wondering why the apparent slowdown in the blog posting rate the past week, well, one reason is that I’ve been putting quite a few hours into completing Volume III of my essay series on Japanese carpentry drawing and techniques. I had released a ‘part 1A’ of this essay, which delves into splicing joints, in January, promising the rest, a part 1B, in another ‘month or so’. Well, I’m afraid it took a lot longer than I thought, and part of the reason for that is that I got a bit more ambitious in what I was trying to achieve. Volume 3 now runs to three parts, A, B, and C, and totals out at 284 pages! I believe it is the most detailed look at Japanese splicing joints you will find anywhere, in any language.
Those who are interested in the series but wanting more information can contact me and I’ll send you screen shots from the tables of contents and that sort of thing. Hundreds and hundreds of hours work went into it, so the $40.00 selling price is quite reasonable I feel. Obviously, if I were selling thousands of copies, the pricing would come down, but that sort of situation remains a,uh, mist-shrouded dream at this point.
It was surprising in my course of research for this volume how much misinformation and confusion I found on this topic, even on Japanese sites and in Japanese books.
I appreciate all the support and feedback I’ve received so far in this endeavor, both from readers and family.