Hiroshi Sakaguchi

Master Japanese Carpenter

Hiroshi Sakaguchi is a master carpenter from Japan. His understanding of wood comes not just from forty years of experience, but from a family inheritance of woodworking that goes back generations. From an early age he was trained in the ancient and very complex art of Japanese joinery, a carpentry system that connects wood by intricate joints rather than screws or nails. Experienced in the construction of traditional houses and tea houses in Japan, Sakaguchi-san has brought his skills to the United States. In 1985, he established a woodworking business, Ki Arts, in Northern California. Over the years, he has diversified to make Japanese-style furniture using the same joinery techniques.

Sakaguchi-san’s artistry can be found in private homes and gardens as well as in public parks, restaurants, and Buddhist temples in Japan, the United States, Europe, and Canada.

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