2017, western red cedar and washi paper, 28.5 x 17.75 x 1 inches
2015, pine and maple, 31.75 x 21.75 x 0.75 inches
2017, poplar, 5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Asa-no-ha in Japanese translates to hemp leaf. This traditional Japanese pattern can be found throughout Japan from shoji screens to kimonos. In constructing the asa-no-ha, each piece is precisely fitted so that only friction holds the whole thing together. There is no glue or any other fastener used.
Here you can see the different stages of construction. Starting with a square grid, the next step is to add the diagonals. Once those are fitted the next step is to add the 3 interlocking pieces that form the shape of the leaf.