Makers & Brothers

From Timber To Tide

A wooden sailing boat, perhaps the most elegant and functional instrument a pair of hands can build. A boatbuilder’s sole job is to breathe new life into carefully selected materials: woods, metals and fabrics that are both sturdy and supple. In this video, Ben Harris reflects on how boat building requires both a love for wood and a thorough technical knowledge, honed over time to create these beautiful creatures of the sea.

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Here, we can see for ourselves his love of woodwork and of boat building in particular. Having started as a cabinet-maker’s assistant when he was 15 before studying boat building in Cornwall, this passion brought Ben on a journey that led to him exploring the coast in a vessel he had fashioned himself. Under his skilled hands, the raw components come together to create a creature that both flies and swims.

“There's real beauty sailing a wooden sail boat. It's like an instrument on the water, or the closest thing you can relate it to is an animal — it has wings, it flies, it swims, and when you get it up to a good speed it even starts to sing.”

  

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Quote by Ben Harris

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