Re: Azuchi-Momoyama Period Architecture
> From: elsyr@...None of these materials breathe well, that's why builder used to use
> As with the other materials, of course, once sealed it will not
> breathe as well as paper.
building paper and its replacements, if your worried about ventilation,
you will have to open a door. This means you will need insect repellent
or screening material. I wouldn't light a fire inside! Probably not a
good idea anyway ;) You will also find that shoji paper is much tougher
than you expect when compared to cheap western pulpwood paper. It's
replaced yearly in Japan, so for intermittent use, it might last longer
than you think.
Also the paper can have beautiful watermarks and/or lovely objects
imbedded in it.
A very good book on the subject is Toshio Odate's 'Making Shoji', he
went through a formal apprenticeship for this, its safe to say he's
expert. He also writes for Fine Woodworking and others, so his writing
is easy to read.
There are some paper importers of art paper on my sumi-e page, but you
could also try Soko Hardware in San Francisco, they might do mail order
and I suspect New York may have something similar along with LA. If you
check out the art paper places, ask for mulberry paper for a starting
Sounds like a fun project, enjoy!