Traditional Japanese woodworking has stood apart for nearly a millennia with it's distinctive use of joints. Joinery involves building wooden furniture without the use of nails, screws, glue or electric tools.
Japanese style joinery employs both satisfyingly simple and fantastically complex cuts in timber, interlocking to create surprisingly strong bonds.
Today, ever tightening regulations on buildings makes joinery alone difficult. But despite this, architects are refusing to let the art form die. Although it can be difficult to use this technique alone, it can be combined with reinforced supports or used as decorative additions to new buildings and is still being used in modern designs.