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An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

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An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

Time: May 10, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Japan Society
Street: 333 East 47th Street
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.japansociety.org/e…
Phone: lprogram@japansociety.org
Event Discipline: crafts
Organized By: Japan Society
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2017

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Japan's hand-crafted wooden boats, admired for their timeless beauty and precise construction, have a rich history in the island nation. Fearing that the techniques, designs and secrets of this trade might disappear within one or two generations, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist Douglas Brooks embarked on a quest to preserve and document these time-honored traditions. Brooks, author of the comprehensive survey Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, joins us to share what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Moderated by Dane Owen, founder and owner of Shibui Japanese Antiques and Furniture.

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