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Friday, June 16, 2017

Soul on ice... The iceman surfeth...

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There are a million bad puns about winter surfing in New England. But there is only one film that resembles the frigid air and stinging water - Ishmael. Scarborough Maine's Ben Keller, put together a snapshot of life that is hard to imagine - unless you have paddled out in subzero temps. Huzzah Ben, huzzah. Get your copy here>

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

HBD - Dental Ding Doc


There are not many who regularly check the world's answering machine. But for those who do... Hazzooo!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Consider the sea




Some time ago, nevermind how long, my wife presented me with a first-edition of Melville's White Whale, as illustrated by Rockwell Kent. Proof that sometimes good deeds do go unpunished.





Monday, April 03, 2017

New Jersey Catboat: Myth




Several years ago I stumbled upon this beauty at the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia. I was impressed by her shallow draft and wide beam. I was also intrigued by the mini pilot house. She is supposedly decedent from New Yorkian oyster craft. I regret not getting a full picture of her lines.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Sea Bright Skiff





This morning found me in the mood for a classic Jersey Shore Boat and an old book. Nothing fills the bill as well as Dr. Guthorn's "The Sea Bright Skiff". A more compelling history of a classic craft and its evolution cannot be found. I have found this book to be a portal to warm sand and a crisp breeze.



Here is a positive review of the writing and craft via TraditionalSmallCraft.com
An essential companion to the book is a true film on the subject, "The Sea Bright Skiff: Working on the Jersey Shore".

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Currach building near Dingle, Ireland


The builder in this film is Brandon Creek Harbor Master, Michael o'Shea. Born in 1878 and passing on in the early 1960's, Mr. o’Shea is involved in the building of a traditional Naomh├│g; a type of coracle, or currach, used throughout the Dingle Peninsula and especially associated with the Blasket Islands. This 16mm, reverse process, film was shot in the early 1950's near Brandon Creek, Ireland.
I appreciate his eye for lines. No lofting, no plans, just steam, wood, and vision. Building a boat in the elements of nature – Huzzah Mr. o’Shea.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dugout Canoes: The Lost Craft of Crusoe Island, North Caorlina


I am not so sure that this lost craft should not have just remained lost. A dugout is basically a stone age craft. Given the technology humans have developed since then, the amount of wood wasted and effort expended to deconstruct a dugout canoe seems a little absurd. I am trying to find an equivalent and fishing with dynamite is the only thing that comes to mind. No Huzzah for you, the Crusoe Island dugout canoe.