A carpenter who builds and restores shrines, temples, and palaces.
One of the most holy professions to repair a building that was built hundreds or thousands of years ago and pass it on to the next era. The handicrafts of the shrine carpenters thousands of years ago are reproduced exactly as they are. It is not an exaggeration to say that creativity that is faithful to the basics is required, although it does not create new things.
Tracing the traces of the work of the former shrine carpenter and leaving the original figure is the basis of the work, and it is not allowed to change the original figure without permission. It is a Miya carpenter’s thinking circuit to think that the original shape and texture should be utilized as much as possible even when restoring the missing part.
Preservation and repair of these old buildings, such as registered tangible cultural properties of the national and local governments, requires accuracy and certainty rather than dexterity, repairing buildings that can withstand a long period of time, and repairing the remaining buildings with modern technology and materials. It is important to pass it on to the next generation of Miya carpenters.
For that purpose, the old lumber is carefully disassembled, and the era when it was repaired from the shaving marks of planes and the method of joints is inferred. Examine how the parts were diverted from the nail marks. Is the tree used in the same orientation as it was growing? Is it assembled by taking advantage of the habit of wood? How was it sawn? It is a peculiar point of view of a palace carpenter to find out when and how it was made and repaired by unraveling old buildings one by one.