I was sad to hear about John Okumura, a man who lived honestly, honored his committment to quality and was one of the best of his generation of architectural woodworkers. We recently found out about a memorial website that was done by the family, and we'd like to share it with you. The beauty of the work that he produced is more than evident, as he put his energy and life force into all of his creative endeavors. He is, as one of his past employees commented, considered the "Mr. Miyage of Japanese architectural woodworking." Click here to check out the memorial website of the work of John Okumura. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. Because of what he did for a living, we are grateful that there is certainly one of his works, the Japanese wood joinery and gate at Osaka Gardens in Chicago's Jackson Park, that we can all enjoy. The beauty and splendor of traditional wood joinery, right here in Chicago...who knew???