Incredible Woodworking with Ancient Techniques of The Shrine Carpenters – Building Without Nails

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Incredible Woodworking with Ancient Techniques of The Shrine Carpenters (MiyaDaiku) – Building Without Nails

Miyadaiku – 宮大工: Fujiwara Hiroki
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Daiku means carpenters, and miyadaiku means carpenters who build and repair only traditional Japanese architectures, such as temples and shrines.

Temples and shrines are built by using a unique Japanese construction method called “kigumi” (timberwork), which don’t use nails or bolts.

Kigumi is a method that builds architectures by combining timbers that are logged to complex shapes.

If the height of the architecture is high, miyadaiku will design it so as to distribute the gravity.

Since this technique is important to preserve cultural assets, it is designated as a selected preservation technique.

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Radomil Sejnoha says:

add video??

Mark Shaw says:

English English English……or stick it on a Japanese channel you moron.

Василий Казак says:


mzischkau says:

No nails , but they did use screws and bolts, still impressive work though!

foxdesignbuild foxdesignbuild says:

Tremendous respect for the work and also tremendous respect for a culture that values such craftsmanship.

Aaron Cook says:

I must not be understanding something, but what I see is that every single piece is split somewhere…

Baba Ayman says:

This looks fun someday when they do away with building codes and permits I would really love to try doing this

Andreas König says:

One of the reasons why Japanese and Germans respect each other. Their craftsmanship is unsurpassed.

ToolsConsumables says:

Dear Sir,
I have seen this clip before but more than likely did not comment for whatever reason. So here goes: there isn't a country or culture in the world that can match this level of woodworking skill. The Europeans with their industrial revolution allowed themselves to rape & pillage so many countries in Asia amongst other places to steal natural resources but in their supreme arrogance never thought of bringing with them any learning &/ skills that were superior to their own. How poorer they are. A skill which in spite of our latest technological breakthroughs are still kept alive by dedicated souls. How wonderful. Kind regards.

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