Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

Japanese Tub Boat

Tub boat

In March of 2000 I was invited to build a Japanese taraibune or "tub boat" in conjunction with the exhibition "Suggestive Curves", which featured boats from around the world. I used northern white cedar for the planking and fifty-foot long madake (timber bamboo) from a commercial farm in Georgia. The boat was built over a ten day period in front of museum visitors.

The builder and his dog

For more information on these unique boats as well as my published work about them, see Japanese Boats page and Research and Publications page.

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