Lecture: Douglas Brooks, Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan
NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

Boat built by Douglas Brooks

Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boatbuilders in Japan since 1996, building over a dozen types of traditional boats. In this visual lecture, he'll share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-two trips to Japan since 1990.

During his time there, he's witnessed a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of which are fast disappearing. Douglas will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan - a system that produces craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it requires an intense devotion and seriousness from participants.

This lecture is free to attend.


Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer, and researcher who specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop at the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats at museums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building and has written regularly for magazines like WoodenBoat, Classic Boat (UK), and KAZI (Japan). In 2014 he was awarded the American Craft Council's Rare Craft Fellowship Award. To see photos of his boats and learn more about his research, see his website.
Boat built by Douglas BrooksBoat built by Douglas Brooks

Boat built by Douglas Brooks