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. All of the classes thoroughly cover sharpening and setting up of Japanese hand tools including hand planes.
2019 classes in Pt. Townsend produced two Bell stands and a small building frame. Follow the link on the right to view class photos.
The April 2020 Port Townsend classes have been postponed and are currently being rescheduled for August and September. Again there will be two classes, a beginners class focused on tool setup and an advanced class covering basic framing.
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.
Those interested in Japanese woodworking tools and particularly hand planes should consider attending the annual “Kezurou-kai” gathering. These events have been ongoing in Japan for many years. A US version is now in it’s fifth year. Last years gathering took place in the San Francisco Bay Area in July. This years April event has been cancelled, but the New York event sponsored by Mokuchi is still on track for September. Participants and observers alike are welcome regardless of your experience. Please follow the link to the right.