Dale began working in his field in 1978. He spent 6½ years in traditional full time apprenticeship with a well-known Japanese teahouse carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. This apprenticeship was dedicated to concentrated practice with traditional hand tools and learning refined joinery methods.
Dale then spent 2 years as a "journeyman" in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan expanding his skills, studying traditional building design and structural layout.
With nearly 9 years of intense study accomplished, Dale returned to the USA in 1987 founding TAKUMI COMPANY.
Since then he has remained committed to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship completing over 80 projects for private customers, institutions and municipalities.