February 2024 Meeting – Dale Brotherton

Tuesday, February 6th, 7:00pm
Hillcrest Lodge
1717 South 13th Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Unlocking the Mystery of Japanese Tools

Dale began working in his field in 1978. He spent 6 1⁄2 years in traditional full-time apprenticeship with a well-known Japanese teahouse carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. This apprenticeship was dedicated to concentrated practice with traditional hand tools and learning refined joinery methods. Dale then spent 2 years as a “journeyman” in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan expanding his skills, studying building design and structural layout.

For the past 36 years, as a builder based in Seattle, he’s undertaken hundreds of projects ranging from detailed interior finishing, to furniture, to whole house construction, along with garden structures located in private and public gardens. As designer and consultant, his expertise in authentic Japanese Architectural Woodworking helps project teams achieve extraordinary results. Devoted to integrating this ancient craft into the culture of the Pacific Northwest, Dale also teaches classes annually at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and often makes presentations at Japanese cultural festivals and woodworking venues in the Seattle area.

This meeting is a “do not miss” and takes place at the Hillcrest Lodge.