Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Instagram - Brave New World

Can I be blamed for being slow to adopt social media?  After all, I've made a career of studying traditional boatbuilding, avoiding most new technology along the way.  Alas, with the help of a friend I have started posting photos of my boats on Instagram.  I am going to start with images from my new book (see previous blog post) so if you want to follow along you'll see various boat photos from Japan.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding - The book!

Last week I took possession of a sizable portion of the print run of my new book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding.  This is the culmination of over twenty years of research.  The book covers specific topics such as design, tools, fastening, ceremonies, apprenticeship, and propulsion, followed by long sections detailing the construction of the five traditional boats of my apprenticeships.  The last chapter is about Japan's sole traditional shipwright who has led the construction of four replica Edo-era ships.  To order just visit my website: http://www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com

If you order the book from me I am happy to sign and inscribe a copy for you.  Buying from me also directly supports my ongoing research.  If you live overseas shipping costs via US Mail can be quite high (at least $25 USD), so you will have to weigh the value of my signature.  I have an agent in Japan with a small inventory of books and he can send you an unsigned copy for very reasonable postage rates (the book is in English).

By clicking on the images below they should open large enough to read, particularly the Japanese order form.  You may contact my agent in Japan at: ahmoore@hotmail.com.  But if you have any questions or need more information about the book or how to order please email me at douglasbrooksboatbuilding@gmail.com.

Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding
320 pp,  8.5 x 11 / Hardcover
378 Color photos,  36 Drawings
Map, Notes, Bibliography, Glossary-Index of boatbuilding terms & regional usages
Boatbuilding / Woodworking / Japanese crafts