The next regular meeting of VIWG will be November 10th. It is expected that this meeting will be a “virtual” meeting held using Zoom. Please watch for details concerning the “virtual” meeting so you will be able to join in!
Our presenter will be Dale Brotherton, Builder, Designer, Consultant, and Teacher; TAKUMI COMPANY
Dale began working in his field in 1978. He spent 6½ years in traditional full-time apprenticeship with a well-known Japanese teahouse carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. This apprenticeship was dedicated to concentrated practice with traditional hand tools and learning refined joinery methods. Dale then spent 2 years as a “journeyman” in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan, expanding his skills, studying building design and structural layout. For the past 30 years as a builder based in Seattle he’s undertaken hundreds of projects ranging from detailed interior finishing, to furniture, to whole house construction, along with garden structures located in private and public gardens. As designer and consultant, his expertise in authentic Japanese Architectural Woodworking helps project teams achieve extraordinary results. Devoted to integrating this ancient craft into the culture of the Pacific Northwest, Dale also teaches 2 classes annually at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and often makes presentations at Japanese cultural festivals and woodworking venues in the Seattle area.
This talk will present a brief overview of Japanese Architecture, focusing on details of how wood is utilized in traditional construction. Then an introduction to traditional tools and techniques for their use. As time allows, we can enjoy using the tools to cut a simple joint. Please join us for this unusual opportunity to share experiences from the East.