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jerry and dana installing trim

We’ve spoken about Tibetan motifs throughout the Sangdo Palri Temple construction. With the cornice work that took place last fall, we began to see these complex and rich elements for the first time, and how well they work in concert with the sloping Japanese roofs. The idea to combine a Japanese aesthetic with traditional Tibetan design is a success! And so well suited to the rugged Alpine environment that surrounds the Temple with a spare, quiet beauty.

One of the long-awaited motif projects is taking place now, as carpenter Jerry Carden hand-mills a series of trim or border pieces for the Temple’s main entrance. Traditionally, this layered trim work is realized in variegated colors. In keeping with the more subtle appearance of the Temple, where the natural colors of wood play an important role, the decision was made to use a variety of similarly colored stains on the different motif patterns. As you watch Jerry and Dana complete most, but not all, of the installation below, you can get a closer look at how these pieces interplay.

We very much look forward to the Temple’s interior and the dance between the traditional Tibetan designs in the shrine rooms,  with their robust and striking patterns, and a more understated Japanese approach throughout the building.

Jerry Carden describes his process for creating the intricate trim design.

close up of the trim

Carefully screwing one layer of trim.

Carefully screwing one layer of trim.

Jerry holds the trim tightly in place while Dana screws it in.

Jerry holds the trim tightly in place while Dana screws it in.

Getting in close.

Getting in close.

Door detail

Door detail

Trim detail, the "bee's nest".

Trim detail, the “bee’s nest”.

The lotus pattern.

The lotus pattern.

A smooth section.

A smooth section.

Discussing plans.

Discussing plans.

Discussing plans.

Discussing plans.

Discussing the build.

Discussing the build.

Complex plans for the front door.

Complex plans for the front door.

Lifting a pre-assembled piece.

Lifting a pre-assembled piece.