This gorgeous looking film features Age Veldboom, founder of the Skûtsjemuseum at the Friesland village of Eernewoude, in the Netherlands. It’s all in Dutch (or is itb Vries?) but there are odd words that even English-only speakers can make out – I particular liked ‘kleine roofje’ for a coach roof – and a block maker, a blacksmith and a sailmaker ared shown at their work.

My thanks to my buddy John Adams for pointing this one out!

If you like that kind of thing – and I think lots of us probably do – there’s some wonderful old footage of skûtsjes racing in the Bert Haanstra documentary Stem van het Water (The Voice of the Water).  These boats get raced pretty hard, even today…

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  1. Hello Gavin, I was very happy to see this wonderfull film again. As a kid I watched several races with the skutsjes and this weekend we will sail on the Friesian Sea with a boat like that. Thanks a lot. Frank van Zoest

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