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In Japan, Repairing Ancient Buildings Without a Single Nail

Aside from the thousands of various skills and crafts that the Japanese are famous for, they are also admired for their traditional carpentry, which lets them create furniture and buildings without using any nails.

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In the past, making and developing metal was too costly for carpenters in Japan. So instead of using nails, carpenters called “miyadaiku” developed unique methods for interlocking pieces of wood together, similar to a giant 3D puzzle.Great Big Story

Takahiro Matsumoto has been a miyadaiku carpenter for over 40 years. He runs his company in Kamakura, Japan, where he assesses and repairs damage sustained by the many ancient temples in his city.

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Using ancient techniques, he ensures that these spiritual structures stay standing for generations to come.This method does require quite a bit of detailed woodworking, but when glues or screws are not an option, these joints are perfect.