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Ancient Chinese Wood Construction Artisans

Peterborough - ON, Ontario,CANADA
Job ID
Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Construction Co. Ltd. (2384331 Ontario Inc.)
Job Category
Posting Date
September 17, 2019
Expiry date
January 16, 2020

Ancient Chinese Wood Construction Artisans

(Artisan Carpenter, NOC 7271)


Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Construction Co. Ltd. (2384331 Ontario Inc.) is seeking 14 Ancient Chinese Wood Construction Artisans for a two-year project. The artisans must have expertise in ancient “dougong” mortise and tenon joinery techniques to inspect, remediate and/or re-create pre-constructed rosewood timber components, and to re-fit and re-assemble piece by piece showcase authentic Tang dynasty style reconstructed replica temple structures. This includes timber frames and decorative roof & ceiling (lattice ceiling constructed of interwoven/layered wooden strips joined to the beams) with intricate ornamentation, and elaborate wooden cupolas/coffers to accurate dimensions.


Artisans will read and interpret historical design blue prints and utilize authentic hand tool techniques without the use of wood glues, screws, nails or any metal fasteners of any kind. Methodology includes creating/re-fitting a series of slices and dovetails connecting disparate structural elements, fastening crossbeams with vertical posts and columns. It also includes application of wood preservation compounds and lengthening - combining two beams end to end into a long one without sacrificing strength. This type of joinery was applied largely to construction of ancient royal buildings and temples in China – all joints are functional, beautiful and invisible. This methodology is an intricate system of cutting and connecting elements into the wood, requiring precision, to not just perfectly fit together but to lock together, and to support weight without breaking, and to safely bear loads and stay that way soundly for centuries, as the original historic structures have done.

Qualified candidates will have at least two years’ experience in ancient Chinese dougong mortise and tenon joinery techniques specific to Tang dynasty style reconstruction. Candidates must be able to work cooperatively with contemporary construction trades and supervisors to ensure historical authenticity while meeting modern building code requirements; translation services will be provided if necessary.


Contract of employment is specific to this one unique and internationally recognized project only, and is for two years.


Hourly rate is $25.38/hour for 40 hours per week, plus medical insurance benefits and 10 days paid annual vacation. Housing, meals and travel between sites is provided at no charge. Work is on location at a rural site near Peterborough, Ontario (708 Ski Hill Rd. RR38, Cavan Moneghan, ON L0A 1A0).


Please apply by e-mail only to:


Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Construction Co. Ltd.

2 Steele Valley Road,

Thornhill, ON L3T 2R6


Please note that while we thank all who apply, only qualified applicants will be contacted.