Douglas Brooks’s effort to save traditional Japanese boatbuilding


For some time I have known of Douglas Brooks, a Vermont boatbuilder who became fascinated with traditional Japanese boats several years ago and has since traveled there a few times to study and document traditional boats and construction methods. There was a nice piece about him recently in the Japan Times Online that focused particularly on Brooks’s efforts on Okinawa to find a surviving traditional builder of native sabani, a local sailing canoe. The article links to a resource site with more about sabani, which look extremely interesting and capture, I believe, faint elements of the traditional craft to their south. The image above comes from that site.

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