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Friday, September 7 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Japanese Boatbuilding Techniques

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Japanese boats are built without caulking; all seams are watertight. Boatbuilders fit the seams using a series of specialized saws along with several other techniques. Planks are edge-nailed to each other rather than through-fastened to frames. Holes are piloted with a unique set of chisels. Douglas Brooks will demonstrate these traditional techniques, fitting a pair of planks and then edge-nailing them. He will be selling signed copies of his latest book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, the first comprehensive survey of the craft published. 

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Douglas Brooks

Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer, and researcher specializing in traditional wooden boats. Since 1996 he has been documenting traditional Japanese boatbuilding. He has worked alongside seven craftsmen building eight types of boats. He is the sole apprentice for six of his seven... Read More →


Friday September 7, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Boatyard Stage

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