Recently completed a model of a Himi tabune, or rice field boat, called a Zutta Tenma. This is roughly based on one built by American boatbuilder Douglas Brooks in 2016, for the Himi city museum.
The 1/10 scale model is made from Japanese cedar, or sugi, as is the actual boat.
The Zutta Tenma is a small Tabune, or rice field boat, from Toyama prefecture. My model is based on a drawing that I got from Douglas Brooks, which is very similar to one he used when he built one in 2016.
The todate or transom on my drawing is in two parts. I could have, made it from a single piece, but I chose to make it in two pieces. Unfortunately, the drawing doesn’t show how these are fastened together. To keep the model simple, I’m assuming that nails of some type were driven down from the top through the short piece of the todate. This is then covered by a board, the name of which I don’t know.
On the face of the todate is a carved symbol of the owner. I don’t know a whole lot about these, but was told it was a yago. That doesn’t…
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