Historic Woodworker Videos #40: Historic tribute to a Japanese carpenter

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 10-13-2018 11:33 AM 1098 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In 1893, America celebrated Columbus Day with a World’s Fair in Chicago. The Fair represented the first time that most Americans (at least 8 million citizens) had ever seen Japanese carpenters at work, observed their tools and precision, and walked thru a Japanese building to see different construction techniques. The year 1893 represented the first time most Americans began to respect Japanese woodworking.

Today, I have captured that event with a video on the life-story of Koun Takamura, the carpenter, who was most responsible in convincing his Emperor and nation to develop this international pavilion (a true timber framing masterpiece) and how he created a few decorations that Americans loved. His efforts results in the first awards that Japan had ever earned in international fine art recognition.

So if you are curious about Japanese woodworking, here is an opportunity to see hand tools in action. The video can be found at

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 10-13-2018 07:46 PM

Got excited when the email came up. Another video by Tom.. Terrific!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 03:48 AM

Very interesting and great message

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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