06-19-2019

Timber Joinery

Timber Joinery

The roots of our process come from Friedman’s study in sculpture and years of experience in timber framing and Japanese architectural building.

Over a decade into his commitment to Japanese style carpentry, the architecture of Japan was a primary source of awe and inspiration on a first visit to the country.

As a maker, some of the satisfaction of building structures is the sheer mass of material worked with in the timber. The true sense of the tree. That sense is often also present in the weathering and rawness of the beams.

Now in our furniture, we are drawn to explore this scale and rawness. Echoing the traditional joinery employed in timber framing, but extracted from context, or even functionality, so that the cuts and connections can be simply beautiful, contemplated, distilled and sculptural.

Jiku Gumi Bench from the Kodama Collection