This awesome goban came to Baduk Club from a hobby shop in Okayama Prefecture.
The board is 17.8cm thick, and stands 30cm tall with legs. It comes with its original protective lid. It is the standard size, 42.4cm wide by 45.4cm long.
It looks like a textbook species of Kaya, with these indicators:
- The Cut: it is a Center Cut (kiura) to show off the heart of the tree. This is the highest-regarded cuts for fine boards when the tree is not big enough for a Cross Cut.
- The Grain: the lines are wavy, unlike shin-kaya and most matsu. They are also quite thin; Kaya is very dense because it is slow-growing and maintains its resin as it cures.
- The Size (of the trunk): You can see that the rings radiate outward instead of forming semi-circles. This was an absolutely tremendous tree.
- The Color: A warm yellow, the heartwood is a uniform candy color and the surface shows off the waves of the very core of the tree. There is a lot of burl which gives great ripples to the grains.
The corners and edges are incredibly clean, so I would call this piece like-new. Wisps of white wax residue are visible on the board and legs, which is a good sign that the board has been cared for. Purchased new, a board like this costs $3000-$7000. There is a very minor scratch - please see the photos for details. The protective cloth cover and paulownia lid have done their job. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more about caring for this board.
The dark-brown bowls have a lovely tone, and look similar to the Mulberry bowls sold from Korea by 6 Brothers, in size and shape and thickness as well as the lid style. They come with a modern paulownia storage box with its decorative ribbon in excellent condition.
The stones are slate and shell. There are 181 white pieces, 10mm thick, and seem to be a mix of moon and snow-grade with a slight patina from age. The 180 black pieces are slightly thicker than 10mm - this is common to prevent the shine of the white stones to make them appear larger than the black.
If any of the stones are broken or missing, they will be replaced from my Colorado workshop so that you have 180 of each color and this is included in the purchase price.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to everywhere) is already included in the purchase price for free, a service that reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days. This is a big part of overall cost, but necessary to provide sufficient room for padding which is not possible with Japan Post Seamail. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the board to be packed and to clear Customs, then a FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Please understand that this is a Vintage product. Thirty photos are included so that you can get the best idea possible of this set prior to purchase.