kumite 組手
KEY WORD : architecture / joints
A generic term used in Japanese wood architecture to refer to the joining of one member to another by means of various types of joints, for example a dovetail joint *arikake 蟻掛. Kumite join the vertical and horizontal laths that form the skeletal frame of a *fusuma 襖, or the two sides of a gable at the peak, gasshoubu 合掌部. The term is also used when joining diagonal timbers. Kumite is also used to indicate location, for example, the joined parts of a railing are called kouran-no-kumite 高欄の組手, and purlins joints are called keta-no-kumite 桁の組手.


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