College students build a place of contemplation

Middlebury College students Ben Merz, left, Cate Becker and Ellie Copps work with others chiseling out mortises in the roof of the Japanese teahouse they built as part of a Winter Term course. The interdisciplinary course, which wrapped up last week with a Shinto blessing and tea ceremony on Thursday, taught not only carpentry but also the cultural underpinnings of apprenticeships in Japan. Photos by Douglas Brooks

MIDDLEBURY — For several years, Vergennes boat builder Douglas Brooks has taught Middlebury College students how to make boats using traditional Japanese methods.


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