The cross pieces are half-culms created in a similar way as the slats, but using a special bamboo knife or two-way splitter. They are attached using screws in pre-drilled holes. Care is taken not to tighten too much as that would split the culms.
In order to feed the palm rope through the tight slats, an awl is used to separate them slightly, then a thin metal hook is inserted from the reverse side to catch and pull the rope through.
In this case, the knot calls for double rope. The knots are centered over the screws to hide them.
The knots used for the Kennin-ji fence are very decorative and make up much of its character.
By using double or more ropes, the knot is larger and stands up better.
This knot is known as the “man knot” due to its resemblance to a walking man when complete.
The finished Kennin-ji gaki.