Japanese joinery, oak, cherry and a dragon in the Czech Republic



This is the entrance to one of the 400 year old stone houses on the banks of the Vltava River that snakes, like the tail of this dragon, through Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. It's the home of Canadian artist and woodworker Cal Zukowski who runs Krumlov Hostel. Cal made the door with local oak and cherry utilizing Japanese joinery. The dragon is a similar design to one found in the town's impressive 14th century castle.

There is a long tradition of carpentry in Japan utilising many beautiful tools. Below are some nomi from the Japanese carpentry tools collection at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. The museum also provides guides on how to use tools correctly here a guide to using the chisel (nomi).

Japanese Nomi



The door is a good example of Alexander's pattern No. 249, 'Ornament' from his book A Pattern Language. Doors and windows are always important for ornament because they are connections between the elements of the building and the life around them.