Timber joints slot together in these Tetris-like gifs – the work of a young Japanese man so obsessed by joinery techniques he set up a Twitter account dedicated to the cause.
Named The Joinery, the account bills itself as the complete 3D guide to Japanese joinery styles.
渡り顎二重枘仕口 Watari-ago-niju-hozo-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/4U3hrvFMGt
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) September 1, 2016
Its creator has a day job in the car industry but is an avid collector of woodwork books.
Finding the complex instructions hard to visualise, he set about creating a set of gifs that illustrate the different ways that pieces of wood can be bonded together – without the use of glue, nails or screws.
小ひび天秤組み継ぎ Kohibi-tenbin-kumi-tsugi pic.twitter.com/HOGj2WVYU6
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) August 31, 2016
He has now posted 80 such gifs to The Joinery, which has attracted over 20,000 followers since it was set up in February 2016.
"I was fascinated by the traditional techniques of creating strong bonds without the use of nails or adhesive," he told Japanese design blog Spoon & Tamago. "I want to organise all the joinery techniques and create a catalogue of them all."
箱相欠き車知栓仕口 Hako-aikaki-shachi-sen-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/FKRVB8uDVt
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) July 6, 2016
The gifs are created using Autodesk's Fusion 360 software, which can be used for modelling, animation and simulation.
寄せ蟻枘仕口 Yose-ari-hozo-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/XIlcPKwvdm
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) June 30, 2016
The woodwork techniques documented can be used to create anything from house frames to furniture, but have now largely been put out of use with the prevalence of power tools.
篠差し蟻仕口 Shinozashi-ari-shikuchi pic.twitter.com/3AcAt5WU6B
— The Joinery (@TheJoinery_jp) May 4, 2016
But The Joinery's creator said digital fabrication and robotic construction offer an unlikely lifeline for old-fashioned carpentry techniques.
He said: "3D printing and woodworking machinery has enabled us to create complicated forms fairly easily."
London's Architecture Association school has recently launched a specialist robotics course, which has a focus on timber construction.
These hypnotic gifs animate traditional Japanese joinery techniques: www.dezeen.com/2016/10/12/hypnotic-japanese-joinery-gifs-twitter-the-joinery
Posted by Dezeen on Thursday, 20 October 2016