This super-thick goban came to Baduk Club from a shop in Osaka.
The go board is 17cm thick, which is very large. It stands about 30cm tall with legs on. It looks like Shin-kaya (Alaskan Spruce) with a Tenchi-masa style cut. This cross-cut is a highly regarded cutting style, because it provides parallel lines on 4 sides of the board with only cross-grains on the sides (in this case straight lines on one side and wonderful waves on the other side). Such a cut is not normally possible with Kaya, except in the case of the thickest trees, but it is more common with Shin-kaya because Alaskan Spruce grow faster and larger. Wrapped and packed with the paulownia lid on, the board weighs 18kg.
The corners and edges are quite clean, so it is in excellent shape. Some white wax residue on the navel is a good sign that the board has been cared for, but a new paste-wax coating will help it adjust if your climate is less humid than Japan. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more about caring for this board.
The paulownia lid does appear to be coming apart a little bit. This is quite common for paulownia, which is lightweight.
This is a Vintage product.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to everywhere) is already included in the purchase price, a service that reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days. This is more than half of the overall cost (about $300), but necessary to provide sufficient room for padding. The actual value (for Customs Declarations and VAT) will not include this shipping fee.
Downgrading to Japan Post Seamail is possible, if you want to save on the shipping cost. This will be at your own risk, as damage is more likely to occur. Before contacting us to request this, please check the Japan Post website to verify that your country can receive Surface Parcels from Japan.
In either case, please allow 1 week for the board to be packed and to clear Customs, then a tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.