TAKUMI COMPANY offers full service Woodworking and Construction in top quality authentic Japanese style. This includes initial consultation, design, engineering and building. Our projects range in size from door and furniture items to whole house construction.
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Many people express an interest in learning the craft of Japanese Carpentry. In response Dale Brotherton, owner of Takumi Company occasionally leads workshops to provide introductions to this ancient craft. Classes conducted in the past years have included projects to build Entry frames, Small roofed structures, and saw-horses.
In 2017 both the Spring Port Townsend’s class and the Fall Ashland class produced garden gates. Follow the link on the right to view class photos.
So far three classes have been conducted in 2018. Two at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and one at the Woodcraft supply store in Seattle. One more class will occur in the Fall at Econest in Ashland from October 15th to the 21st. More classes in Port Townsend are planned along with the possibility of another class in Seattle for next Spring (2019). Please check back for updates.
Although there is no substitute for undergoing a full apprenticeship to learn Japanese Carpentry, these classes provide invaluable information on basic setup and use of Japanese tools, along with joint cutting techniques. The tools and knowledge gained can readily be applied to any style of fine woodworking. It is also recommended that aspiring apprentices first participate in a class to get a feeling for what the work involves. View the link at the right for more discussion on apprenticeships.