Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Bank Dory Project from last winter and spring hit the water yesterday.
This boat has resonance for me. It's the same design as my first build, when I was not much older than the young people who worked so hard to create this one.
Only this boat is much prettier. From simplicity and back again, each cycle renews itself, with embellishment.
My favorite details are the oars made from Douglas Fir recycled from old high school bleacher seats. We had to scrape a lot of ancient gum off those planks! (Yuck)
Later this summer, during the Toledo Wooden Boat Show in Toledo OR, the students who produced this fine vessel will get a chance to try her out. I had hoped that would happen during school, while the class was still a cohesive unit, but it seems a field trip from school is a planning nightmare these days.
But, I expect to be there when they come with their parents to sample their creation and there will be many more photos, to be sure.