This intriguing new weblog Life of a Boatbuilder is probably not for the faint-hearted. It celebrates struggle and mess, and shows a mighty zest for life that you have to admire. Even if you don’t – or don’t want to – agree immediately with every word, this woman boatbuilder who calls herself a ‘planker’ because that’s what she enjoys is clearly a force to be reckoned with.
I wonder where she will go and what she will plank in years to come? It’s probably best to start following her progress from the beginning…
My thanks to the folks who have pointed this one out – including Chuck Leinweber of Duckworks. Look out for Duckworks’ whizzy new website btw…
My thanks to Malcolm Woods, who found this poster from 1915 posted on this New Zealand-based world transport website.
The photo below from The Barge Blog of the pierhead in the old days before the fire good too. Go to the weblog to read about it.
The barge connection? well you can just spot some spars at the left hand side of the shot…
Pembrookshire based Bill Dowell is clearly a devoted chap: he’s a man who enjoys restoring and maintaining clinker-built boats, and has a particular interest in Redwing sailing dinghies, designed by Uffa Fox for racing on the open sea.
The latest object of his attentions is Nanw, a strongly built 15ft rowing and outboard dinghy built at Penarth some decades ago, and which remained in the Pembrokeshire area.
Bill believes she was used in the making of the Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe, which included scenes shot at Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire during the summer of 2009.
He runs a weblog about his exploits with the small clinker hulls (which I intend to follow), and another about cruising his Finesse 24.