"My goal in designing furniture and architectural details is ro create a feeling of harmony in each piece and the room. If I am successful the finished product will have 'shibui,' a Japanese word meaning 'a profound, unassuming, quiet feeling.'
"My work tries to have a Japanese sense of proportion and strong joinery as well as reflect my own appreciation of wood. I often improvise on traditional Japanese motifs, especially when I'm building furniture that doesn't exist in Japanese tradition, such as a bed.
"The process is very hard to quantify. As I make a project. I analyze each piece of wood as to its relationship to all the others. Then I adjust every part until the feeling is right."
26 H. x22W.x 173/4 D. Cherry, Port Orford cedar
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Cherry, Alaskan yellow cedar
This traditional form is based on dimensions of tatami (floor mats). Tuller cuts the tricky mitered double through-tenons at comers with a Japanese saw and pares them to fit with chisels.
Paul designs and builds Japanese style furniture and architectural details. He specializes in applying traditional construction techniques to contemporary furniture forms.
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