If we live near the water we see the outside of boats everyday. If we own a boat (or better yet, have a friend with a boat) we’re familiar with the inside of a boat. But seldom do we see what it takes to construct one. So here’s a look inside a boatwright’s work shop. This is at the Wooden Boat Center on Lake Union in Seattle.
These places are good for the soul. There’s the comfort of holding well worn hand tools and the smells of sawn cedar and freshly applied varnish. And in the Winter, there’s a small wood burning stove for warmth on cold rainy days.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Wisdom of the Sands”
French writer (1900 – 1944)