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This article was published on October 5, 2016

This oddly captivating Twitter account is bringing back the ancient Japanese art of wood joinery

This oddly captivating Twitter account is bringing back the ancient Japanese art of wood joinery
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The ancient Japanese art of wood joinery might be a dying tradition in today’s modern technological landscape, but one man is still trying to thrust this age-old practice into the future – and now he’s bringing it to Twitter.

For those unfamiliar with this culture, Japanese wood joinery is a carpentry technique that involves putting together various pieces of wood without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. The method dates back to the seventh century, but has largely remained under the radar throughout the years.

Not long ago, a young Japanese man came across a book teaching the craft of wood joinery and immediately fell in love with the idea.

To his surprise, most books exploring this ancient art were difficult to understand and the two-dimensional sketches that often accompanied them were simply not instructive enough.

This is when he decided to put his self-taught woodworking skills to use and began creating his own three-dimensional wood joinery models as animated GIFs, using mechanical design software Fusion 360.

To breath life into this dying practice, the nameless craftsman is collecting all of his creations and storing them on his Twitter account. So far, the anonymous Japanese netizen has designed more than 70 GIFs with wood joinery techniques.

Here’s a few more examples of this oddly captivating craft.

For more of these wonderfully crafted animations, head to this page.

via Spoon & Tamago

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