The Making of Chashitsu, new door and window

 The construction work with the door is done, finally. I have lost count of how many attempts I have made a making a proper door. This time I really think I have got a well functioning system. The door is now sliding on a metal rail hanging from the wall. Actually the door is not even…

The Making of Chashitsu, the door won

After a prolonged battle with sadoguchi I’m surrendering. This weekend I took down the entire wall that was hiding the door. I’m going to install a very different type of system for the door. Previously I have had a door that has been sliding like a proper shoji/fusuma. Now I will instead install a metal…

The Making of Chashitsu, skills and tools

I was asked what I knew and what resources I used to build my Tea room. I actually thought that was a very good topic for a blogpost. So here we go. I stayed one year in Midorikai and had the pleasure of seeing a lot of different Tea rooms. So I had a pretty…

The Making of Chashitsu, sadoguchi II

I removed the old sadoguchi because it was a bit too flimsy, and got stuck occasionally. Over the weekend I  have installed a new one. The first one was put in place before the wall was added. And therefore could be in one piece. The new one could not be in one piece as it would not fit…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 24

The building activities has mostly been on hold for the last few weeks. I tried to make a new door last week but ended up cutting the wood 4mm to short. I’m hoping to be able to buy new wood tomorrow and give it another go this weekend. Today is Ascention day, a public holiday…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 23

Last weekend I finished up the mizu-ya shelves. I found some measurement that came from fushin-an, THE Omotesenke Tea-room. I was unable to find wood that was wide enough. So it ended up about 20 cm deep. The shelves have small grooves in the side wood which they fit into. I might in the future…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 22 – First Tea

Today I enjoyed a bowl of Usucha in my new Tea-room. It was a nice feeling to be able to use the room after all that effort. It will be even better as soon as the new tatami arrives. All the light for the room comes from two windows lit by spotlights. The windows behind…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 21

 After having moved the window on Friday I started painting the last wall segment on Saturday. After two layers of paint and sand I could mount the sliders for the actual window. However I had done some foolish mistakes in calculating the size, so the window did not fit. I had to disassemble it and make a…

The Making of Chashitsu, Day 20

I have had a few days break from carpentry. I needed to do some other things. Earlier I got feedback on the size and placement of my window. So now I have lowered it and mad it larger. The bottom is now at 78cm, just above the height of a nijiriguchi that is 66-78cm. The…