Window Shoji with Hanging Barn Door Hardware

Hanging Shoji

After finishing my first shoji screens I was hooked. There’s something created that is much more than just wood and paper. I came across Desmond King’s book “Shoji and Kumiko Design: The Basics” and was delighted by his more modern approach and the depth of information he gives on various jigs and the tuning of kanna. That lead to this set of hanging screens that cover an east facing window. It faces a driveway, but is also the largest expanse of windows in the house, so I needed the screens to be able to move completely out of the way for the view.  The hanging barn door hardware and oak track are a bit of a mash up in terms of style, but I think it works nicely.

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Once again I made good use of some reclaimed Douglas Fir that spent the past fifty years as decking…plenty of time to season. The wheels for the hanging hardware are maple, and the track oak to match the flooring. Would you believe I didn’t know you could buy hanging barn door hardware like this from the big box stores? Thankfully it was simple to fabricate once the design was dimensioned and down on paper. The wheels were placed directly over the center line of the depth of the panels, and they hung quite plumb. I also ran a groove along the length of the bottom of each screen that sits on a small retaining bracket either side of the window opening attached at the stool, thereby keeping your average four year old from pulling them off the track. This was my first use of tsukeko, or internal kumiko frame, and it really added an extra touch of elegance to the shoji.