shihouari 四方蟻
KEY WORD : architecture / joints
A dovetail splicing joint *aritsugi 蟻継, made in such way that the dovetails are visible on all four sides of the joint. This is achieved by cutting the protruding and indented e sections from opposite corners, rather than on the face of the timber. The parts are cut diagonally and then slipped into each other. The same result can be achieved using a gooseneck splicing joint *kamatsugi 鎌継, and is called shihoukama 四方鎌, or i the case of a simple 4-sided tenon butt joint, shihou hozotsugi 四方ほぞ継. These joints are used for example, at the base of belfry posts *shourou 鐘楼, and in open sided shelters *chouzuya 手水舎, at shrines *jinja 神社.


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