Saturday, December 13, 2008

Shift towards building and mastering traditional wooden boats

A while ago, I'd blogged about underwater sequences and studies to see how people performed and moved while swimming. Now I'm excited to start recording my experiences at traditional wooded boat building. Besides a love for water and swimming, I also like to move on top of it, on either a scull or a canoe. I'm not much of a sailor yet, and hope to learn about sailing, other than sailboarding in Mauritius while I was a teenager, I've little knowledge about the wind. Wind is a great way to travel without burning fossil fuels, so I'm going to focus on learning about building and using pulling (rowing) and sail boats.

I'm currently enrolled at the Arqes School of traditional boatbuilding in Sausalito, California. Every Saturday I spend about 7 hours in the popular 'Saturday' class. About 6 to 8 of us attend and have wonderful lectures and tuition from Bob Darr, a superb and inspiring teacher.

So it's been about five weeks now, and I have built up a passion and curisosity for understanding what it is to build small woodend boats. Boats built in the traditional style are a more than just pleasing a boatstruck buyer, but rather the whole process is good for the designer ( no computer screens ), the builder ( little or no toxic fumes and dangerous particulates ) and ultimately the people on board, the boat is seaworthy and green/ecofriendly.

Up next, I'll start describing my experiences with building wooden boats.

Grant Steinfeld, student at Arques School and from Sausalito

Here I am working on a hollowing plane.