Boat restoration as magic…

Tiernan Roe small dinghy 2

Tiernan Roe small dinghy 1

Sometimes, it really does seem like magic. I bet it does even more especially to the little boy – now 84  – for whom this lovely little dinghy was first built.

From Tiernan Roe’s workshop weblog!

Christmas elves in the workshop


Tiernan Roe has written with an important message:

‘Like many other boat builders, every so often I’ve misplaced a tool, and spent ages looking for it only to find it in the first place I looked.

‘If you’re tired or in a rush this can quickly progress from merely being mildly perplexing to Rumplestilskin-style apoplexy.

‘But when it re-appears, it’s as if someone put it there, quietly, and deliberately.

‘Well, I think I have discovered the cause.

‘I walked up the path to visit my neighbour earlier for a Christmas drink. While strolling home comfortably full of the spirit of Christmas I noticed the lights on in my workshop. I thought perhaps I – or my wife – had left the lights on.

‘But, more, I could hear hammering! Peeking in the window I managed to shoot the photo above. I don’t know what it is, or what is was making, but it looked like one of Santa’s elves and it was using my hammer.

‘Being superstitious and full of understandable fear I decided I would not disturb the creature. I’m just hoping it’s workmanship was worthy and that it put my hammer back on the shelf. Boat builders everywhere will surely understand!’

Find out what’s really happening in Tiernan’s Roeboats workshop.

In the meantime, all of us at Towers wish all of you a peaceful, comfortable and relaxing winter break. And my thanks to Tiernan for explaining something very profound…

The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival


Boatbuilder Tiernan Roe of Ballydehob  in the South-Western corner of Eire sent in these photos of the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, which took place last weekend.

Here’s what he says about the photos:

‘The grey rowing boat is a gandelow from the Shannon estuary region of Ireland, and was built by the AK Ilen Boat Building School.

‘The pretty little lug-sailed boat is a François Vivier-designed Ilur built by Tim Cooke at the fishing village of Union Hall. Well worth having a look at his tumblr he’s really putting in a lot of work into a very nice boat. [And also some more photos of the Baltimore Festival – ed.]

‘I had one of the boats I built for the Game of Thrones TV series on display, which was a bit of fun. The two boats are back in the workshop for a bit of work before they are sent off to exotic locations for filming, now if I can only swing that I have to go too. Ideas on a postcard please… The photos of the Game of Thrones boat were taken by Helen Sloan/HBO.

‘I’m also building another two faerings at the moment and the micro cruiser I have been working on for the last few months is nearing completion – or at least the list of things to do is getting longer so I guess it must be close to a launch.

‘Hope all is well with you and keep up the good work with intheboatshed.


Thanks Tiernan!

Click on the thumbnails below for larger photographs.