This 17cm thick goban was left at a thrift store in Aomori Prefecture. It stands 30cm tall with legs and weighs about 13kg. It is a lovely cut, a center cut (Kiura) that provides mostly parallel lines along the playing surface with some heartwood flourishes in the center.
It looks like a textbook Matsu board, and has a "longevity pine tree" sticker on the underside. It was clearly a very slow-growing Pine because the growth rings are extremely thin. The result is that the ends have beautiful curvy lines that one normally values kaya boards for. You really get a sense of awe at the size of tree this was taken from. The grid-lines are slightly raised, a result of being hand-lacquered by tachimori (check out this tachimori youtube video).
It does need a good cleaning. I'd recommend a damp towel with a gentle detergent, followed by a clean towel to dry it immediately. A citrus solvent on the ends might be necessary, where decades of use has worked grime into the surface. There is also the residue of some writing on the underside, probably from the original owner. I leave it to you whether you want to remove it or keep it.
The stones are slate and shell, but somewhat thin and in need of a cleaning. When the item arrives you can contact me to replace broken and unplayable pieces - this is included in the purchase price. Overall the chestnut seems quite dry so I would recommend cleaning them and applying a wax+oil paste. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more.
FedEx International Priority shipping to the US from Japan is already included in the purchase price for free, a $300 service that reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days. This does represent a majority of the overall cost, but is necessary given the board's size. The upside is that a FedEx box has sufficient room for padding in order to avoide shipping damage. A FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Please understand that this is a vintage item, so it is sold in an as-is condition.
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