I have only read the "Temple Carpenter" section of this book so far but am very impressed. The book is beautiful, both with its fabulous black and white images and its sensitively-written text which gives the impression the author has spent some serious time with the craftsmen rather than just whisking in and out with a photographer. Many thanks to Heinrich H for the suggestion!
Edo craftsmen : master artisans of old Tokyo / text by Thomas F. Judge ; photographs by Tomita Hiroyuki. ISBN 0-8348-0280-5.