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Nippon is focus of Sheldon Museum program

MIDDLEBURY-On Tuesday, June 8, at noon, Douglas Brooks will present a lecture entitled "Building in the Japanese Spirit" offered at the Sheldon Museum in conjunction with the Sheldon's current exhibit, "The Nature of Wood: Vermont Furniture and Woodware 1790 to the Present" has worked primarily as a boat builder, but also builds furniture and Japanese-style interiors. He has also worked as a timber framer and restoration carpenter.

Brooks' interest in Japan has led to recent work building tansu, or Japanese cabinets. The pieces reflect both the complicated joinery and a unique aesthetic that are intrinsic to Japanese woodworking. He will share photographs drawn from a dozen trips to Japan.

Brooks has traveled to Japan since 1990 to research traditional Japanese boat building, and has built boats with five Japanese masters. He is currently working on his third book on Japanese boat building.

Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Fee: $2. The Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in Middlebury across from the Ilsley Public Library. For information call 388-2117.

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