but so nearly there. Two finishing coats of raw lacquer, a little re-adjustment to the fit of the plug, then my hera/mabuna landing net is ready. I recently bought some lacquer mail order from Joboji in Iwate Prefecture. Joboji is one of the last few places in Japan where local craftsmen still tap lacquer from Rhus trees in the traditional style, by scoring the tree bark with a circular blade and collecting the sap from the wound. I will use this lacquer to finish the net handle.