Dale began working in his field in 1978. He spent six and a half years in traditional full time apprenticeship with a well-known Japanese tea house carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. The apprenticeship was dedicated to concentrated practice with traditional hand tools and learning refined joinery methods.
Dale then spent two years as a journeyman in traditional residential construction in Nagano-Ken, Japan, expanding his skills, studying traditional building design and structural layout.
With nearly nine 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.