The board being offered here has the highly-prized tenchimasa grain (straight grain going across the top and staight grain going across the bottom). It is rare to find a board of this cut and quality at this price. There are two minor problems with this board.
First, on one of the sides facing a player during a game, there are small areas where the tree was struck by lightning. These are not very prominent and are only apparent on close inspection. (See the two small dark areas on the bottom right of the bottom right photo. There are a couple of other places on this side, but, as can be seen from the photo on the bottom left, they are not so apparent.)
Second, due to a small mishap, it was necessary to shave off a millimeter or so from the bottom surface. As the board had been standing for about 30 years, the color of all the surfaces had mellowed. Since the shaving exposed fresh wood, the color of the bottom surface is a bit different from the other five surfaces. However, over time, the color of this surface will mellow and should match the other surfaces.
These small imperfections are not very prominent and do not detract from the board's overall attractiveness.
The color of this board is a beautiful golden yellow. The tree from which it was cut was harvested in the late 1960s in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It has been standing as a finished go board for about 30 years in the artisan's store room, so it is very well seasoned and, with proper care, there is no danger that it will crack or warp.
Airmail shipping and insurance are included in the price.
If you wish to purchase this board, please consult with our head office in Japan
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.