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.
Port Townsend’s 2016 class produced a garden shelter (simple Azumaya). In 2015 at the “Econest” facility in Ashland, Oregon a deck railing was built. Follow the link on the right to view class photos.
There are two classes taking place in 2017. One at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking which is now completed. The second will be at Econest starting October 16th. The next class in Port Townsend is tentatively scheduled for May of 2018. That will be conducted in two parts. First concentrating on tool setup and use. The second part will focus on roof framing layout. See the links to the right for more details.
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.