His device: (Fieldless) On a hexagon Or a rabbit's head cabossed sable.

Mokkou -
The Woodworking of Japan
by Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie

Kanji for his name

In his woodwork, Ishiyama focusses on objects and furniture extant in the Momoyama period and earlier, especially items useful for travel and camping.

Individual projects are detailed as part of Ishiyama's mundane project pages and on his blog. Ishiyama also actively participates in Tousando, a web forum dedicated to Japanese historical recreation, where he posts about his own work and encourages others.

Notable Projects


I was asked to make a new camp gate for Clan Yama Kaminari's encampment at the annual Pennsic War event. I decided to pattern the gate on a Momoyama period garden gate of a style that is still seen today in Japanese sukiya (tea gardens). Late SCA period was a time of peace in Japan, and upper class courtiers and military officers often expressed their wealth by adding luxurious gardens to their residences. This sukiyamon is made entirely of cypress wood, with extensive use of joinery for assembly. While metal bolts and stakes make the assembled gate more secure, this design could have been built without them. The gate is nine feet tall, and has not been treated or coated, so it will age gracefully over time.


I have made a number of these footed storage chests. While most of these karabitsu are modern in construction this particular karabitsu is handmade entirely from cypress. They were quite common in Japan back to ancient times. They were used for transporting and storing food, scrolls, armor, and ritual objects. While I started from commercial lumber, all the shaping and joinery in this project was done by hand, including the legs and assembly pegs.


Depending on who you talk to, this type of banner stand might be called a hatadai, hatazaotate, or daiwaku. It is a "portable hole", used to hold banner poles and other display items vertical while indoors. this one is made from pine wood, colored using a home made natural stain, and finished with boiled linseed oil. All of the mortise and tenon joints used for assembly were cut by hand.


These folding stools also reach back into ancient times, and were also apparently an imprt to Japan from China. One interesting thing is that traditionally you sit on them facing towards the horizontal bars, not facing towards the crossed legs. I've made four of these stools, though the pictured one uses most hand tool work. In later stools, I actually figured out a nicer hinge pin that matches the brass of the reinforcement strips.

Kumihimo Equipment and Accessories

Some people tell me that these braiding stands are late period, though others say they are not period at all. In any case, the round braiding stand enables us to recreate period braids. I have made more than a dozen of these stands, as well as the tama bobbins, thread management items, and equipment storage boxes.

Please view other areas of Ishiyama's SCA pages.

Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie is known mundanely as Elliott C. Evans. He can be reached via email to ishiyama{at}ee0r.com