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

10-13-2018 11:33 AM by Hoosierwoodcraft | 2 comments »

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 tha...

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