Wooden Boats

One of my wiser friends said, “Trees live to give.”  This weekend I turn from the sad remembrance of fallen comrades and concrete to wander and gaze at the beauty and resilience of wood.  My little town is hosting its 35th annual Wooden Boat Festival.

(Let me know if you want to see more.)


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23 responses to “Wooden Boats

  1. Hey!

    My new entry is a shout out to my favourite Bloggers, you made the list, lucky thing you, so drop by and take a bow! 🙂 lol


  2. Crosby, Stills and Nash – Wooden Ships keeps going through my mind as I look at your pics. Very nice. I actually have the instruction book for making a wooden canoe (someday, maybe after my Lakota-style breastplate phase) I’m going to give it a try…

  3. I nearly put something about that song in the post, because I love it too! Then I decided to go for essence and allow the photos to speak for themselves. Thanks for commenting, K8.

    (K8 can make darn near anything out of beads:

  4. I am fascinated about your photo’s here. I have an obsession on the Titanic I collect books and I love the History behind it (not the fantasy-romance story)- The other story I love is THE PERFECT STORM book the movie did not do me justice. But I am an avid reader. So why you behind a mask? Just curious?

    • Glad you liked the photos. I’m fascinated with boats, and many of these were like a window into the past. As far as my disguise, we all wear masks, Jackie. You’re an author. You know that. I share the same name as a more famous person, and I didn’t want to waste time answering repeatedly, “No, I’m not him.” Also, I don’t want to make myself available to salespeople. Lastly, I write for practice, not for fame. I do it because I enjoy it, and I don’t want to sacrifice my personal anonymity.

  5. I love the photos.
    Have you ever heard Eric Burden’s “The Vision Of Rassan”?
    It has a great line about wooden boats, and happens to be one great jazz/blues tunes also.

  6. This brought back memories I had forgotten about, about the boat my dad built when I was a wee thing.

  7. more pic please >.<
    seems fun

  8. sb

    They’re all so absolutely beautiful! There’s something about wooden boats that sets them apart from those speed boat type things you always manage to see. They seem much more at ease with the water, rather than beating the tops of it with whatever man created material they’re made of. So more pictures? Yes, really, yes please!

  9. jennygoth

    lovely pics of the boats some lovely yaughts in whitby harbour xxjen

  10. Thank you, Jen. I bet there are, and I plan to see them one of these days! God Save Yorkshire! (These are at Point Hudson.)

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  12. lifewith4cats

    just doing a bit of catch up reading. This is a cool festival I would have enjoyed seeing. I recognised a tug-boat?! Can’t beleive boats that big still exist which are totaly made out of wood.
    Thwo things I would like to do at some point in life. Build a wooden canoe, and a guitar.

    • You must have some real skill if you can build a guitar. I’m very impressed! That cute tug in photo #8, with the yellow wheel-house, is called “COOT”, and is new, built in 2010. The “Molly Sparks”, if you meant that one, is a fishing trawler. The boats ranged in age from brand new back to the Elmore (pictured in Wooden Boats II), which has been in service since 1890. The luxury yacht “Syrene 1” (photo #7) was built in 1921. Glad you liked the show pix!

      • lifewith4cats

        I live about 5 hours from the headquarters of the Martin guitar factory in Pennsylavania. I believe they offer classes that anyone can join and the project is to build a custom guitar. So I don’t have the skill, yet. 🙂

        Its really cool to think that a boat built in the 1890’s was made using only wooden pegs. Im not sure but don’t think nails were invented yet then.

        • Iron nails were among the earliest forged objects, made in quantity during the Middle Ages. They were machine-cut by 1811, with metal screws by 1840. Large wooden boats and ships of the 19th Century used metal seams and steel nails, screws, rivets and solder, sealed with pitch and other methods.

  13. lifewith4cats

    I learn something new every day. Thanks Mikey.

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