Building traditional Japanese boats
Tourist tub boats. This fleet was built by the author’s teacher, who developed a glass bottomed version for the tourist industry.
In one village fishermen use outboard motors on their tub boats. Generally these boats are sculled facing forward with a small paddle.
Mitsumori - A river boat builder the author met in the mountains of Hiroshima Prefecture.
Nasu The last builder of ukaibune, or cormorant fishing boats, in Gifu Prefecture.
Tada A boatbuilder in Chiba Prefecture the author met in 2003.
Douglas Brooks (www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com) is a boatbuilder, writer and researcher specializing in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. He lives with his wife Catherine in Vergennes, Vermont.
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