Working in wood

Sippican: “Environmentalists love boats made like this. I’ve made boats like this. Been to plenty of boatyards, too. All the evil stuff left in our world is still used in the boatyard. Toluene; acetone; MEK; heavy metals; lead; fiberglass resin; hell, even the sawdust from the funky woods can give you nose cancer.”

4 Responses to “Working in wood”

  1. Dave December 4, 2012 at 16:37 Permalink

    I have built 2 boats in wood. Mirror dinghys.

  2. James Higham December 4, 2012 at 17:30 Permalink

    Only material I’d build in – keep the foam core.

  3. Amfortas December 5, 2012 at 05:10 Permalink

    The young man and his boats:
    He recognises ‘imperfections’ but also knows the difference between those imperfections in the making of his boats that will sink a boat, and those which give it a unique Character.

    The one would reflect his inattention to detail but which he masters and overcomes; the other reflects his own qualities of care and attention which he builds-in with every nail and plane of the wood, their placement and fitting.

    Absorbtion in a task, taking up his nights and him away from bright lights, noise and people, is a key indicator of vocation, as is the point not mentioned – the fact that time disappears when you are so absorbed. Consciousness alters. He has quiet enthusiasm – ‘En Theos’ – the Spirit is within him. The Greeks called it the ‘Muse’.

    He was a pleasure to listen to and watch at work.

  4. Mark December 5, 2012 at 14:04 Permalink

    He has quiet enthusiasm – ‘En Theos’ – the Spirit is within him.

    Didn’t know that, thanks

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