Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Kansei - Finished
Well, the boat is finished. It took 21 working days to build what is by far the heaviest 16-foot boat I’ve ever seen. To think I couldn’t even lift the bottom! Attached are some shots which probably don’t require any captioning. In two days representatives from Ritsurin Koen garden will come and a crane will drop the boat in the harbor for a test. The Garden is going to have a more formal ceremony on May 1st launching the boat in their pond. Too bad about their timing, because I will be coming to Japan about a week later to start my project building the cormorant fishing boat in Gifu.
It has been a lot of hard work but its been a very interesting time being here. The quiet village of Oda, the city of Takamatsu and the amazing islands of the Inland Sea. Plus this trip has been great for laying the groundwork for my next project. More to blog about come May!
Poking around I found this fully functioning capstan in the harbor.
I left all my patterns and jigs behind in case I build another one of these.