An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan
Where: Japan Society
333 E. 47th St.
212-832-1155 Price: $13/$10 Japan Society members, seniors & students
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Japan’s hand-crafted wooden boats, admired for their timeless beauty and precise construction, have a long and rich history in the island nation. Fearing that the techniques, designs, and secrets of this specialized 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 at Japan Society to share what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed the country’s elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Followed by a book signing reception.Buy tickets/get more info now