Today was a rainy day but we visited the lumber yard and workshop of Kazuya Tanaka (the carpenter whose house we had visited.. which as it turns out is right next door to the shop). Today he showed us how they intersect wood beams that are not straight (from wood curvature). He had his apprentice assist him. He discussed how with apprentices they only teach the basics and let them figure out the rest. As they worked together they were very much silent. The apprentice was marking out the cuts required to notch the two beams together, while Tanaka showed us (on a different piece of wood) how they inscribe somewhat of a grid onto a beam to help determine its elevational slopes, parallel lines, etc. He runs a bit of an architecture practice so doing so is also to help draw out certain details.
After lunch was a dedicated work time for discussing the project as we will have to give a mid term presentation on Saturday. I stepped out for a bit to grab some photos of the low hanging clouds.