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Wood
Our current wood of choice for the shoji frame is Beech (certified sustained yield by the Pan European Forestry Certification Council) finished with a clear catalyzed lacquer for ease in cleaning and durability. Sapele, Cherry, Maple, Port Orford Cedar and others are available.

For the kumiko (grid pattern) we use Port Orford Cedar, which we plane smooth and leave natural. Cedar can be used for outdoor applications as well.

All shoji are built double-sided with full 1 3/8" thick frames.

Wood samples below shown next to Ebony door pulls for color comparison. All wood species will vary somewhat in grain and color. Freshly milled Cherry will darken to the color shown in a few months.
 
Kumiko Styles
Our shoji are double sided, meaning kumiko (grid pattern) on both sides of the shoji paper for strength and support.

Please see the Kumiko Style sheet for a small sample of kumiko options

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Japanese Shoji Papers - Warlon
 
Warlon shoji paper is Japanese washi paper with a plastic resin laminated on each side. It's very durable and is washable. Our most popular paper is white Warlon paper with a small amount of paper fiber. We stock a variety of Warlon laminated papers in different thicknesses.

Please see the Warlon paper and Warlon acrylic pages for more detail.

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Tracking Systems
Shoji screens can be tracked in two ways. They can slide in upper and lower wood tracking or hang from metal roller tracking overhead.
  • Wood Tracking
    Wood tracks are traditional, aesthetic and completely serviceable if given an occasional coat of paste wax and kept clean.

    The lower track can be made from the same material as your wood floor, inlaid and finished to match; or a pre-finished lower track can be used where carpet abuts on either side. (We use a special catalyzed commercial floor finish on our lower tracks.

    Our lower tracks have a thumbnail shaped groove that's easy on bare feet and easy to clean. The screens have Teflon glides that slide in this groove.

  • Wood track profiles
    For shoji doors, floor and upper wood track profile For shoji doors, lower wood track profile For window shoji, upper and lower wood track profile

  • Aluminum Roller Tracking
    Metal overhead roller tracks are useful in many applications. This is a good solution when carpet, tile or hardwood extends into a closet and you want to avoid inlaying a floor track.

    An adjustable set of rollers is fastened to the top of each shoji screen. These rollers run captive in an aluminum track and cannot jump off the track or become jammed. The shoji is guided at the floor with an attractive 'half moon' shaped guide.

    When the shoji need to travel a greater distance than just their width, we use a wood floor track with a 3/8" inlaid aluminum channel. Spring-loaded guide pins in the bottom edge of each shoji engage the channel and stabilize the bottom of the doors.

  • Aluminum Roller tracking
    Roller tracking with floor track 3 channel floor track for roller tracking 3 channel floor track for roller tracking Floor guide for roller tracking Floor guide for roller tracking

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Door Pulls
Imported from Japan. We offer them in Ebony and Japanese Cherry (very light pinkish brown). These are carefully hand-inlaid into the shoji frame, not attached to the surface.

For shoji pocket doors, either a touch latch or an inlaid edge pull is installed for extracting the door from its pocket. We use the Baldwin edge pulls that comes in a variety of finishes - Oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel finishes pictured below.

For door pull sizes and pricing go to the bottom of the shoji paper page.

Inlaid Ebony door pulls in natural Beech and stained Beech Inlaid Ebony door pull in natural Cherry Japanese Cherry door pull in natural Beech Inlaid Edge pull for pocket doors in oil rubbed bronze Satin Nickel Edge Pull in stained Beech

Door Panels
Clients often request a solid lower panel or kick board in their shoji for pet and child proofing or for appearance. We sometimes use them to help stiffen a particularly tall or wide shoji door.

Our standard panel woods are vertical grain Beech, Cherry, Maple or Sapele.

Cherry Shoji panel Maple Shoji panel Cherry lower shoji panel

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