Douglas Brooks

Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

Discussion led by Douglas Brooks

Owner, Douglas Brooks Boatbuilding

Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 PM

FREE for Garden Members | $5 for Non-Members

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Douglas has been researching traditional Japanese boatbuilding since 1980, focusing on the techniques and design secrets of the craft.  His presentation focuses on the five apprenticeships Douglas has completed with boatbuilders in Japan and his experiences from over a dozen trips to Japan.

Anderson Japanese Gardens commissioned Douglas to build a canal style boat in 2013.  It was delivered the following year and is the boat that is found in the Garden of Reflection. 

Douglas Brooks is a boat builder, author and researcher who builds traditional Japanese boats for museums and private collections.  Brooks is the only non-Japanese national listed in the 2003 Nippon Foundation survey of craftsman capable of building traditional Japanese boats.  In 2014, Brooks received the Rare Craft Fellowship Award from the American Craft Council.  In 2015, he was named an Arts in Action-Japan Fellow by the Asian Cultural Council.  Brooks regularly publishes articles about his research and has published four books, including his most recent title: Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding.  He lives in Vergennes, VT.

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