The Craft and Philosophy of Building Wooden Boats by Hand

Andy Stewart builds boats with his own hands for life-affirming reasons. It's a way to make inanimate objects come alive, to breathe new life into our world. But Stewart also enjoys the challenge of it all. The sea, he tells us, is the "final arbitrator" of your work. Quite decisively, it tells you whether a boat has been crafted with precision, whether every piece of wood contributes to the larger hull/whole. If your boat can stand the rigorous tests of nature and time, you know you've mastered your craft. The short documentary above, Shaped on all Six Sides, was directed by Kat Gardiner.

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  • beth says:

    fascinating this needs to be made into a full documentary!!

  • Ken G. says:

    Great documentary! I’ve always wanted to build my own wooden boat that I can take out onto the water – I’ve spent the last couple weeks researching and preparing everything I’ll need to do it myself. With regard to building, I’ve found a few good resources during my search including this page here, but this video about Andy gives me some great additional insights.

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