Posts Tagged 'boat building'

sinew and yellow cedar [video]

In an age where everything is pre-made and constructed with plastic, we sometimes forget the importance of working with our hands. There is comfort at the end of the day when you get to hold something you created.

very nice video of a skin-on-frame boat builder in British Columbia.

HT: @boatbuilding


great lakes boat building school

the Great Lakes Boat Building School is a traditional boat building school in Michigan that teaches:

woodworking, basic design, traditional and modern boat building, and yacht joinery

the school is located right on the waters of the Great Lakes, at the Les Cheneaux Islands of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I would love to take a summer class here, or take a year or two off to do the full program: it is a combination of things I really enjoy – woodworking, building, and boating/sailing.

shaped on all six sides [video]

this is an amazing short documentary to showcase the art of wooden boat carpentry, as displayed at Emerald Marine, in Anacortes, Washington.

sailing is a state of blissful awareness, punctuated by sheer terror

HT: Mike Taylor (@DIY_Wood_Boat)

building Lasers: a labor of love

this is an amazing video that shows the step-by-step process that goes into making a Laser sailboat at the Laser Performance factory in Long Buckby, UK.  there is a lot of hand work, with not much automation — it is an incredible process.

HT: @LaserPerform

buzzards bay 18: uncas – by artisan boatworks

this is a great video shot by Alison Langley to show off a newly built Buzzards Bay 18 – the first built in over a hundred years.  the wooden sailboat was built by Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine.

click through to watch the video on Vimeo…

The Buzzards Bay 18 was designed by Nathanael Herreshoff in 1904 as the K Class design for Beverly Yacht Club. No original BB18 exists today. Alec Brainerd, at Artisan Boatworks in Rockport Maine, built the first one since 1904 from the MIT Herreshoff plans. This video tells the story of building, launching and sailing the BB18 “Uncas”, one of the sweetest Herreshoff day sailers you’ll ever see.

via: Alison Langley Photography

Adam’s Rib: Gull Lake Boat Works [video]

this is an amazing look at the process used by Marc of Gull Lake Boat Works as he creates his custom wood and canvas canoes all by hand.

it seems the video is no longer on Vimeo… it can be found here.

plus, he has a sweet set of tattoos on his forearm of the 4 symbols from Led Zeppelin’s 4th studio album (3:18 into the video).

HT: @SailvationMedia

if you want to build a ship

sunset on Lake Michigan (photo by my2fish)


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, (1900-1944) French writer, aviator, (The quote is attributed to Saint-Exupéry; however it appears in only one distinct American translation of “Citadelle.”)

HT: Lost Art Press Blog

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