Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding
|Rating||:||4.93 (728 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
It is part ethnography, part instruction, and part the personal story of a wooden boatbuilder fueled by a passion to preserve a craft tradition on the brink of extinction. Over the course of 17 trips to Japan, Douglas Brooks traveled over 30,000 miles to seek out and interview Japan s elderly master boatbuilders; he built boats with five of them, all in their seventies and eighties, between 1996 and 2010. This fascinating book fills a large and long-standing gap in the literature on Japanese crafts, and will be of interest to boatbuilders, woodworkers, and all those impressed with the marvels of Japanese design and workmanship.. This is the story of the author's apprenticeships with Japanese masters to build five unique and endangered traditional boats. Part I in
"Four Stars" according to Tim Ahern. Fascinating book! Very informed and moving, with lots of surprises along the way.. There is a second book inside Andrew Davis This is a superb book. It is the definitive study of a very narrow subject. These unique vessels, and the supportive technology, is on the cusp of being lost forever. Mr. Brooks has made a huge effort to ensure that doesn't happen. As a former boatbuilder, and using the drawings, photographs and methods described in the book, I could could build a reasonable facsimile of one of the boats described here. I commend the. Five Stars Been waiting for a book like this for years!!!!! It has surpassed my expectations!!!! Highly recommended!!!
Did I say I like Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding and that it is fabulous? It should be a bestseller. (Tom Morse, Writer, Ocean Navigator)An invaluable record of vanishing watercraft and the ways in which they are made, and a compelling record of a personal journey of dis¬covery. On a par with the classic Japanese Country Style, Yoshihiro Takishita's adoring treatise on restoring traditional minka farmhouses, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding is an insightful and enchanting window into the remarkable macrocosm of Japan and its boatbuilding traditions. Yes, the book is about Japanese boatbuilding but you have shown how every human cult
Since 1990 he has been researching traditional Japanese boatbuilding, focusing on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. Author Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer, and researcher specializing in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. To learn more about his research, visit: douglasbrooksboatbuilding . In 2014, Brooks received the Rare Craft Fellowship Awar