Minka woodwork, Japanese style architecture and woodworking by Dávid Sipos ****************************************************************woodwork, woodworking, japanese style architecture, wood crafting, timber framing, beam structures, Japanese interiors,Japanese style garden structures, teahouses, custom furniture

Dávid Sipos a native Hungarian came to the USA to study furniture making at a university in Iowa in 1991. After completing a 3 year program he moved on to discover timber framing. Working on several post and beam structures in Fairfield IA., His interest turned to Japanese hand tools that were better made and lasted longer than any other western style tools. Guided by his first master, Duncan Mac Master, he developed the skills to sharpen and use the Japanese chisels and hand planes. Following his friends to New Hampshire, he became one of the main pillars to complete a Japanese style Farmhouse, called Minka. This was a turning point in his life. The building frame was erected with no nails or metal fasteners, round natural shaped logs were used to hold the roof. The building was an off-the-grid non toxic house that simply felt good to be in. His next adventure brought him back to Hungary for 2 years where - while waiting for his legal status - he built custom furniture and honed his skills using mostly hand tools to make them. This experience, even though at the time seemed painful, taught him how to “read” wood. Working with materials that were rejected by others - his natural talent to see in depth what the grain was trying to “say” - allowed him to bring surprisingly beautiful and elegant pieces to life.Returning to the US with legal status, he worked and operated a furniture making shop in Fairfield IA, for 2 years. His main interest and focus was injecting Japanese woodworking techniques and methods into the western style of timber framing and interior design. During the summers he would take workshops with Japanese Master Craftsmen. One of these workshops led him to a firm in Oakland, trying to finish a project that was the largest Japanese compound outside of Japan. They were eager to learn that Da`vid’s skills would be essential to finishing the project. Many great years had passed and the project finally - after 10 years - was finished.

In 2005, Dávid decided to move to Ojai and opened his own woodworking shop to help spread the everlasting beauty and strength of Japanese architecture. He builds custom furniture, designs and manufactures Japanese style garden structures, teahouses, residential buildings and authentic Japanese interiors. His philosophy of creating beauty and structures that are “beyond time” continues.


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