The Craftsmen Who Help Maintain Kyo-Machiya Houses
A scene from the wall painting workshop
Craftsmen who have specialized skills in construction and other fields are called "shokkata-san" with respect and familiarity. They include carpenters, roofers, plasterers, and joiners. When it comes to the maintenance and renovation of Kyoto-Machiya houses, "shokka-san" are the ones you can rely on.
Carpenters perform all aspects of woodworking, including drawing up construction plans, preparing wood, inking, processing, assembling, and installing structures. They are also responsible for overseeing all other work.
Joiners create and install fittings. For metal fittings such as sashes, their work may include frame installation and glass work.
In addition to applying paper and cloth to shoji and fusuma sliding doors, they also make folding screens, impulse shelves, and other fittings. They have both woodworking skills and surface dressing skills.
Plasterers add finishing touches to walls, floors, and earthen walls by applying wall clay and plaster with various trowels and boards.
A roofer’s job is to roof a house with tiles. Nowadays, the most common type of roofing is that of hooked-pier roofing, in which a protrusion is attached to the riverbed and hooked onto a pier.
In addition to the above, there are many other specialized craftsmen who support the preservation of Kyo-Machiya houses, such as those specializing in sheet metal, stone, tatami, painting, washing, planting, water, gas, and electricity.
Children try painting the walls in the workshop.
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