The purpose of this paper is to present a versatile clamping system to apply controlled pressure during the consolidation of objects or when adhering parts into position. Known as shimbari in Japan, this technique uses flexible fiberglass or bamboo sticks braced against a frame to provide clamping pressure. This paper describes readily available equipment that can be used and discusses how the principles can be adapted to solve a wide range of clamping problems. Additionally, the paper presents case studies to illustrate the use of the shimbari technique along with several variations. This method works well for objects that do not allow for conventional clamping and can be applied to a range of lacquered, japanned, painted, veneered, or inlaid surfaces.