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14′ Japanese Tenmasen Canal Boat (2014)

Dear Mr. Spenle, Please visit my website, www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com, for much more on Japanese boats and boatbuilding. Thanks, Douglas Brooks
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13′ Ritsurin Garden Boat, Takamatsu, Japan (2017)

Dear Mr. Howe, Thanks for your comments. If you are really interested in that boat I blogged about the whole process starting here: http://blog.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com/2017/01/garden-boat-for-takamatsu.html. You can see the construction from beginning to end along with some of my weekend side trips. Thanks, Douglas
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5′ Japanese Sado Island Tub Boat (1996)

Dear Georg, Tell me if you get an email informing you that I responded to your comment. I assume you do. That has always been one of my favorite photos. Need to get back to Sado and see these boats again. Would be interesting to see how many are still used fishing. Douglas
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5′ Japanese Sado Island Tub Boat (1996)

Dear J.D. Thanks for your comment. That was a fun event. A couple of years ago I built a tub boat as an exhibition at Lowell's Boat Shop. Sincerely, Douglas
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5′ Japanese Sado Island Tub Boat (1996)

Dear Ellen and Seth, You can also visit the "taraibune" page under Japanese Boats at my website for more information. Email email me and I can send you my 1997 WoodenBoat article about them. Sincerely, Douglas
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13′ Ritsurin Garden Boat, Takamatsu, Japan (2017)

Dear Dan, As I mention in the caption this was not a traditional design, but purpose-designed to carry passengers in the garden. The common canal cargo boat was called a tenmasen and I listed one in this show I built for the Anderson Japanese Garden in Illinois. Go to my Profile then My Listings and look for it. At my website you can see several types of tenmasen I have built, all very different. But if you are looking for a term for a small cargo boat it would be tenmasen. "Tenma" can mean "horse" so some theorize the name...
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14′ Japanese Ayubune Fishing Boat (2015)

Dear Dan, Thanks for your comment. I have enjoyed developing and teaching this class at the college level as well as at two boatbuilding schools. Visit my website's Teaching page for more information. Douglas Brooks
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5′ Japanese Sado Island Tub Boat (1996)

Dear Mr. Macks, Tub boats are traditionally used by women in Japan, but not exclusively. That is the normal association, however. That first photo is a woman.
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11′ J. Henry Rushton Dinghy (2021)

Dear Mr. Crumbaugh, Thank you for your comment. It really is a beautiful boat and I am glad I was able to save it as several others apparently wanted to "restore" it. As an artifact its been a real pleasure to study and see the beauty of the lines as well as many other thoughtful details. Douglas Brooks
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CHOKKIBUNE – 30′ Edo Water Taxi Replica (2003)

Dear Kirk, If you email me directly at douglasbrooksboatbuilding@gmail.com I can send you a copy of my WoodenBoat article on the Japanese sculling oar. In order to design one you need to consider several things, such as height of the lock off the water and the position of the operator. The ro I built myself is bolted together so it can be taken apart. Sincerely, Douglas
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