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Woods at Shakti Shoji                 








Cherry  with considerable character



Shakti Shoji creations are available in a variety of woods and finishes.  Traditionally, shoji were/are made with soft woods with minimal grain patterns such as Bass and Cedar.   Shakti Shoji offers other wood options such as Cherry, Walnut, Poplar, Alder, Lyptus, Mahogany, Pine and Fir. 

If there is a species of wood or a certain quality or character you like in a wood, please inquire further.  Shakti Shoji will search the Seattle area to find a wood to suit your taste. 

Our preference is to use woods that are environmentally sound and beautiful as well.   On occasion, it is possible to use recycled and reclaimed wood as seen in the Fir window shoji screens below.  Similarly, we will seek out wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and built to Green standards.   Please let us know if this is your preference.



  Finishes on Wood

Most often, Shakti Shoji are finished with a hand rubbed process to the point where they are delightful to look at and sensual to touch.  We use oil finishes on the harder woods to bring out the richness in the grain as well as to give the shoji more protection. 

Finishes on softer woods vary depending on a variety of factors and your preferences.  The Western Red Cedar used on Shakti Shoji patio Lamp Tables are not finished at all because of this cedar's superior water resistance.


Recycled Fir



Spanish Cedar





I chose this part of the plank for the "hip-board" specifically for the solar system image in the grain. 



The set of 5 shoji doors on the right were made from reclaimed lumber from the Re-Store of Seattle.  These 6" x 12" Fir beams had been hanging in a parking garage, mostly to hold conduit, seen in the picture below.  It turned out to be some of the finest Fir I have ever seen.  The grain is too fine to count rings without magnification. 




There were some knots and waste material, but these Fir beams were gems that made all my years re-cycling lumber worthwhile.




Maple has some of the most beautiful qualities found in wood.

A customer who had lived in Oregon wanted Maple doors with character for his home in NY.  We found some excellent Western Curly Maple locally. The colors in the wood popped out quite beautifully with  the  sprayed varnish finish.



The character on the left door is known also Quilted Maple.


The character to the right has several names, Ribbon Maple, Fiddle back Maple and Tiger Stripe Maple.








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