Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher. In addition to building replicas of North American boats, Douglas has been researching traditional Japanese boat building since 1990, focusing on the techniques and design secrets of the craft. These techniques have traditionally been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. Douglas has apprenticed with five boatbuilders in Japan. In 2003 his first book, "The Tub Boats of Sado Island; A Japanese Craftsman's Methods" was published in Japan in English and Japanese. In 2007, his book was honored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture (Bunkacho) as an important contribution to maritime preservation. To see pictures of his work and learn more about his research visit: www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com.