Zen Doors

Ben P. and I just finished these doors for a Zen Temple not far from my house in NE Portland.  One is a dragon, the entrance to the zazen interview room, and the other a monk called Jizo Bodhisattva, known for being an enlightened one (bodhisattva) dedicated to protecting children and helping others, anyone who displayed the least inkling of being interested in ‘the way.’  Jizo is known for unflagging optimism.  The doors are made out of Oregon Elm (I think pretty closely related to Japanese keyake), rails and stiles are all book matched and engineered on a core of furniture ply, the solid carved panels are book matched as well.


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