The Tools and Techniques That Built Japan
As the vaccine rollout continues, previously closed galleries and museums have, thankfully, continued to steadily reopen their doors. Starting next week at the Japan Society in midtown Manhattan, “When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan,” on view through July 11, presents an ode to the tradition of Japanese architecture and handcraft. On display are an array of woodworking tools used for centuries by architects and master carpenters, or tōryō. The collection of beautiful saws, chisels, and planes demonstrate the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Japanese joinery techniques and, more broadly, of a sustainable, generations-old building philosophy that emphasizes materials from the local environment.