FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary Ellen ReisDevelopment and Outreach Coordinator St. Johnsbury Athenaeum1171 Main St.St. Johnsbury, VT 05819Phone:802-748-8291, ext. 306Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:www.stjathenaeum.orgDate:March 27, 2013
ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM HOSTS LECTUREONJAPANESE BOATBUILDINGSt. Johnsbury, VT
–When people think about Japan, they usually have in their minds images of manga and anime, busy urban centers, and an economy based on innovations in electronics.Most people do not know that there is also a “second Japan” wherein lies a rich history of traditional arts and crafts, many of whichare fast disappearing.The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum’s Arts and Culture Series, in partnership with the VermontHumanities Council SpeakersBureauis pleased towelcome Douglas Brooksfor his lecturetitled,“An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan”on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.DouglasBrooks has apprenticed with five different boatbuilders in Japan since 1996. In this slide talk hewill share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from over a dozen trips to Japan since1990.Brooks will alsotalk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at oddswith our notions of teaching in the West. The apprentice system produced craftspeople withincomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants.Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden fromspeaking. At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance.Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher. He specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He worked in the Small Boat Shop atthe National Maritime Museum in San Francisco from 1985-1990 and has since built boats atmuseums in Japan and across the United States. He teaches classes in boat building andregularly publishes articles on his research.