These are some photographs that I took of the restoration. I'd originally purchased this dou for myself back in 2015, but a client asked if they could have it. I had already fixed the inside, but it required a gessen. I had some plates from a partial set which looked like they would match so decided to fabricate the missing ones. Also rather than use the conventional yurgi-ito to affix them to the dou I used a silk ire-ji with a asa backing.
The dou after cleaning and a little rust removal.
I originally laced this with a green/blue odoshi. Note the internal leather ties that hold the mine-ita in place.
I made the kohaze from horn and blackened them with urushi. The abiki cords are completely decorative as the watagami is actually attached to the mune ita.
The inside was not very appealing to look at, so I glued some leather in place, coated it with a few costa of urushi/bengara and sealed the edges with kokuso.
I glued on strips of rawhide using a thick urushi. Before any further lacquering I applied some rust stop solution.
After applying a few sabi layers to build up the slop between the fake iyozane I applied the first coat of tataki.
A tray for the furo
I made a paper template for the yurugi with a rawhide inner belt. I used three layers, silk, cotton and hemp
Sewing the sasaberi
I aged a patina on the plates as the black urushi looked too new. Here is an example photo of the process in stages, gloss, matt and aged.
The cloth panels attached to the pendants
I wrapped the belt with a fine deer skin and attached it to the dou. I tied it with odoshi, but left he knots inside the dou as it looked neater. If it was a odoshi yurugi ito I would have tied the bows on the outside. This is for display, so i opted for the reverse.
I'm now applying a daily amount of dirt to tone down the cloth and odoshi, I use a process of applying and removing until the dirt sits inside all the lower areas.