A Recent Custom Order
Helping to connect players with equipment is a lot of fun. I recently shopped for some high-end gear, providing a number of options to a customer to find a good fit.
The customer already had a Kaya board, and wanted something classy but different. So we looked for a lacquered board.
This one was a bit too loud and busy:
This one was interesting, but it had some wear and the playing surface wasn't in great shape:
Finally we found a table board done with Echizen Lacquerware technique. This method involves carving designs into the lacquer and then pressing powder or gold leaf into the grooves. It is a table board featuring Unryu the Cloud Dragon, and it must have taken several passes to do each color separately.
A full gallery of photos is available on Instagram.
Bowls and Stones
There were many other options that I came across in my search.
Here are some antique kamakura-bori bowls, which utilize cinnabar for a striking red color:
These inlaid bowls were outrageously expensive:
These bowls were handsome but not a great match for the board:
These lacquered bowls were an excellent option. They were a good match for the board, but they were also quite small and could only fit size 25 stones, so they were ultimately just the runner-up:
Finally, the winner:
These Risuke bowls feature different types of lacquerwork. The result is striking, a kind of relief work where the lacquered designs are slightly raised. They were able to hold a size 33 slate & shell set.
If you're interested in a Custom Order please reach out. I do charge a finder's fee, but I always provide a full accounting of the various fees and taxes. I'll make sure the items are delivered safely from Japan to your home.