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Jeffery Schielke

Mayor, City of Batavia in Batavia, IL

Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

PRESENTED ON FEB 16, 2017
IN BATAVIA @ VOL 6

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.

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Heroes of Wood, Glass, Steel

BY KEIJI ASHIZAWA
@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Keiji Ashizawa is a metalworker with a lot of industrious friends. Keiji shows off some of his amazing work with steel and aluminum, as well as the lighting, wood, and glasswork of those who he works with. He also discusses the structures and furniture he built for those in the tsunami-affected area of Ishinomaki, Japan. (in Japanese)

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

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Rose Bakery Arrives in Japan

BY TOMOKO UDOHIRA
@ PECHAKUCHA X ARTEK ON OCT 31, 2013

Tomoko Udohira presents the famous Rose Bakery. This bakery is headquartered in Paris and is always crowded. In this bakery they cook things like pizzas and carrot cakes. To make them they use as many organic ingredients as possible. Recently Rose Bakery has opened branches in Japan. (In Japanese)

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From Welding to Wood to Bronze

BY RODNEY HILL
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

Rodney Hill, Architect and professor, discusses the results of many years of sculpting. From unintended opportunities that opened while covering design gaps in the architecture offices he worked for, he discovered a path that led from welding to wood to bronze as an avocation. He shared his large scale, very intricate wood carvings, some with erotic affordances requested by clients.

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Knock on Wood!

BY AYA UTSUMI
@ VOL 149 ON JUL 26, 2017

建築家の内海彩さんは、木や木造の新しい可能性を模索し社会に提案するチーム・ティンバライズのメンバーとしても活動し、さまざまな新しい木造建築の実現に取り組んでいます。プレゼンテーションでは、10年かけて完成した都内の5階建木造集合住宅について披露してくださいます。

Architect Aya Utsumi explores the newest possibilities with of working with wood materials as a member of team “Timbreiz”, the design collective realizing focussed on wooden architecture. In her presentation this Wednesday, she will introduce a 5-story wooden apartment complex in Tokyo which took 10 years to complete!

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Did you say wabisabi???

BY GREGORY BOZZETTI
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 31, 2018

Gregory Bozzetti presents about a tale blending the roots of Japanese tea ceremony and modern luthiery.

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Resourceful Bill

BY TJ WALDOFSKY
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 25, 2018

TJ speaks of his tight bond and the resourcefulness of his grandfather Bill.

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Foundry Wood and Community Engagement

BY KRISTIE NAIMO
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 30, 2018

Kristie Naimo talks about the work of ARC CIC - Achieving Results in Communities Community Interest Company. One of ARC CIC’s first community projects is Foundry Wood a Community Woodland in Leamington Spa.

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Japanese Wood Crafts

BY YUKIKO IZUMI
@ VOL 39 ON MAR 21, 2019

In a short story across the world, Yukiko Izumi tells us how she picked up a keen interest in the japanese wood craftsmanship called "kumiko".

The audience is taken through some beautiful examples and the culture surrounding the art, before finally discussing how to keep it all alive for the next generation.

In this evening's break period, people were even lucky enough to get to try it hands-on, as Yukiko had brought some lovely samples!

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Working with Wood

BY SARA TABBERT
@ VOL 6 ON MAR 07, 2019

Sara Tabbert is an artist from Fairbanks who works with wood in a number of different ways. She makes work out of compulsion, curiosity, and a deep love of process and materials.