This sleek Japanese-inspired bookshelf was a commission for a local couple. The shelves are clear grain cherry and the verticals are maple, all milled and age-dried locally. No hardware was used. This piece displays its joinery, which imparts a functional beauty that’s hard to find on the furniture market today. It also means there’s no place to hide mistakes. The through tenons are cut with chisel and mallet, and drawn together with black walnut wedges. It was deeply satisfying to build and fit perfectly in the client’s home.