The Tenmasen in the garden (photo by John Braud).
In 2014 I designed and built a small Japanese-style boat for the Anderson Japanese Garden in Rockford, Illinois. I based the boat on a Tenmasen cargo boat I had built with my teacher in Tokyo in 2002. The Garden had a specific size limit. The boat is entirely Southern cypress with a hardwood deck and rub rails. I used copper to cover the fastening heads and scarf joints, a technique I learned from my Tokyo teacher. A local blacksmith made my copper nails.