Beginning the project

I arrived in Japan last week and immediately traveled to Kochi City where I met a man named Tengu Shibafuji. He is an optometrist with a keen interest in Japanese boats. He introduced me to two local boatbuilders (both retired now) and we visited the shop of a late boatbuilder where we found two more boats. He also showed me derelict boats by the roadside in various parts of the region. Mainly I went to Kochi because Shibafuji has collected nail stock from the family of a deceased boatbuilder, and he was kind enough to offer to donate nails to our project.