A temple that was built almost 500 years ago, without any pins, could still be vertical is a fact that is bound to amaze a lot of people. But such carpentry is possible and this is the ingenuity behind it, this is the mastermind behind traditional Japanese woodworking. The hallmark of Japanese carpentry is its precision joinery techniques, without any nails or bolts that are used in order to construct buildings and furniture.
Japanese carpentry has a rich history that goes back thousands of years, to an era of ancient Japanese ancestry. The allure of Japanese carpentry lies in the fact that it is a craftsmanship of an ancient culture, where aesthetic and philosophical principals are combined, to create structures that are in harmony with nature. Japanese carpentry can be used to create everything from castles, temples, houses, to furniture without using any nails, screws, bolts or power tools. It is so effective that even after being subject to harsh weather especially during winter, these structures continues to stand. Perfect examples would be the palaces and temples that still stand today, in Japan, centuries later. The success of this art form of carpentry is that they design structures that are not designed to withstand nature but instead to be ‘with’ nature. However according to a few remaining practitioners of this art of carpentry, it is slowly dying out. The joinery techniques that Japanese carpentry uses to build wooden buildings, greatly outperforms those of today. The joinery system is distinguished by its unique interlocking systems, which are guided by precise geometry, and connects wood through self-sustaining joints. Japanese carpentry has four distinct forms, which are constructing Japanese temples, residential and tea houses, furniture, and lastly, interior finishing.
A unique element in Japanese carpentry is roof carpentry Adelaide, which includes traditional roof framing called ‘wagoya’. Another style of traditional roof framing is known as ‘yogoya’. Japanese cypress is the preferential wood that is selected. This is dueto its high resistance to rot, and its strength after aging. The wood is long-lasting durable and resilient that restoration is unnecessary.
However, in the western world, given that we do not have access to this alluring and charming art of Japanese carpentry, we have to make do with western construction methods. As opposed to Japanese wooden roofing, in the western world, roofing tiles and asbestos sheets are used. Roofing today, depends on longevity, high quality at affordable prices. During the winter season however you may require roof restoration services, from a reputed company. As winters can be brutal and given the harsh weather, restoration of your roof would be a necessity.
There are many differences in western and Japanese roofing and carpentry. Traditional Japanese architecture and carpentry may be unrivaled in its allure and aesthetic beauty, but as westerns we must make do with what expertise we posses, and maintain the roofing’s of our houses so that we will be sheltered even during harsh winter seasons.