Ancient Chinese Wood Construction Artisan - Supervisor
(Artisan Carpenter Supervisor, NOC 7204)
Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Construction Co. Ltd. (2384331 Ontario Inc.) is seeking one experienced Supervisor of Ancient Chinese Wood Construction Artisans for a two-year project. The Supervisor will coordinate the work of between 10-25 artisan carpenters and must have experience in ancient “dougong” mortise and tenon joinery techniques to inspect, remediate and/or re-create pre-constructed rosewood timber components in order to properly supervise the re-fit and re-assembly piece by piece of 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. The dougong mortise and tenon joinery technique includes reading and interpreting historical design blueprints, utilizing authentic hand tool techniques without the use of wood glues, screws, nails or any metal fasteners of any kind and 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.
The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience in performing and supervising ancient Chinese dougong mortise and tenon joinery techniques specific to Tang dynasty style reconstruction. This experience will enable him/her to establish methods to meet work schedules and improve productivity. He/She will also requisition materials, resolve work related problems, assist in the dougong mortise and tenon joinery techniques where required, and ensure standards are being met, both in historical accuracy and modern building code requirements.
The successful candidate must be able to work cooperatively with contemporary construction trades 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 $27/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).
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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.