Traditional Thatched Manor House Main House & Gallery  伝統的茅葺屋敷母屋とギャラリー


"The original plan was to stay for two years in Mashiko and to decide on a future course after that. 
....But the award which I received in 1971 changed my plan....starting a family and the prospect of bringing up children 
pushed my plan back to look for a more spacious house and working place." 
(Gerd Knäpper in Daigo, Sep 2008)

当初の計画は益子で2年修行を積み、その後についてはその時に決めるつもりだった。・・・(省略)ところが、1971年の受賞が私の計画を変えてしまった。
・・・(省略)家族を持ち、子供を育ていく、という可能性が現れはじめ私の背中を押し、さらに大きな家と仕事場を求め探し始める事になった。」
ゲルト・クナッパー,2008年9月 大子にて)



Gerd Knapper Daigo House estate before refurbishment

In 1974, Gerd Knäpper purchased an estate with the land of four thousand square meters in the middle of rice fields in Daigo-town, Ibaraki. The manor house was long abandoned and decayed to a level that neighbors were frightened of it's appearance. 

He moved in the house with his family in 1975. He refurbished the traditional house with thatched roof including a gate house and a barn, which was called "Tarosaka-manor house" by the locals, a job which took him several years until he achieved the standard and the characterful appearance it presents today.


1974年、クナッパーは茨城県大子町に、田んぼに囲まれた4千平方メートル程の土地と及び長年無人で朽ちかけた、近所の住民も恐れて近寄らなかった元庄屋屋敷を購入し、1975年には家族と移り住みました。

地元住民に「太郎坂屋敷」と呼ばれた茅葺屋根の元庄屋屋敷と長屋門そして納屋の修復には、現在のキャラクターに溢れる立派な外観に至るまでクナッパーは長年の時間と情熱を懸け続けました。


Gerd Knapper rethatching the roof of Daigo house

Re-thatching the complete roof


屋根全体の茅を葺き替えの様子


Gerd Knapper rethatching the roof of Daigo house

 
Gerd Knapper completing and celebrating the rethatching the roof of Daigo house


Celebrating the completion of re-thatching  and re-designing of the main house. In picture: Knäpper, his students, neighbors helping the works and the thatching master. Circa 1980.

母屋の屋根の茅吹き替えと新しいデザインの完成記念。
写真はクナッパーと当時の弟子達、手伝いの隣人と茅専門職人。1980年頃。
















Gerd Knapper maintenance and repairing of the roof of Daigo house

Thatched roof has become increasingly rare in Japan in the last century. The houses of this style are replaced with a different, low maintenance material such as tin or slate or are even destroyed and replaced with modern houses. As a consequence there are less experienced thatching masters available and re-thatching has become costly work, despite it requiring frequent repair of parts damaged by humidity (every 3-4 years or every 10 years for the whole roof).

As in the photo right, Knäpper always assisted the master with repairing work with some help from neighbors, for his own learning and to reduce the cost involved.



茅葺き屋根を見かける事は今では全く珍しくなってしまいました。手間のかからないトタンなどを 被せたり、茅をはがしてかわら屋根にしたり、または建物全体を取り壊して現代的な家を建てるようになったからです。湿度によって痛む茅は約10年毎、または傷んだ部分を常に交換する必要があるに関わらず、経験積んだ茅職人も減り、従って茅を葺く作業に掛かる費用が大変嵩むようになってしまった現状があります。

隣人の手伝いを得ながら、クナッパーは自分の勉強、そして費用の節約を兼ねて、自ら屋根に登り茅職人のアシスタントとして作業をしました(写真右)。



 
Gerd Knapper Daigo house as it is presently
Gerd Knapper gallery in Daigo
 Interior of the main house 母屋内観

 Many of the displayed pieces including his collections  were destroyed by the 3.11 earthquake in 2011.

 飾ってあったコレクションを含めた作品の多くは
2011年3月11日の東日本大震災の際に破損しました。

 
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