Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:30amSnyder Center for the Visual Arts

Talk by Douglas Brooks

Douglas Brooks' work is focused on the appreciation and continued use of traditional wooden boats, and the preservation and sharing of the skills and knowledge needed to build them, including the small boats of Japan. Douglas' first chance to build a boat was in college, when he got to work with Willits Ansel building a replica of a Noank lobster skiff as part of the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport Museum. After graduation he worked at Stone Boatyard in Alameda, California, and then in the small boat shop at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. At that point he traveled to Japan and met several boat builders, one of whom would become his first teacher. Douglas will give a presentation on his seven apprenticeships building traditional wooden boats in Japan, illustrated with many slides of his work, and reflecting on the process of craft education in Japan.

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