Wooden Boat Building

“A short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry.
Directed by Kat Gardiner, produced by Kat Gardiner & Nathan Walker”

Sent us by Mike W

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Wooden Boat Building

  1. Anonymous says:

    My heart was suspended in a swoon the entire time I was watching this!!

    Beautifully-filmed…great visuals and storytelling. The tools used for wooden boat-building are all SO exquisite, and I loved learning about the craft and process–watching Andy do his work with such artistry and care was such a soothing meditation.

    WONDERFUL documentary! <3

  2. Infinitely pleasing for us as well. I sent this to a friend who is a wooden boat builder; he gives me the same feeling of quiet passion about his work.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Boatbuilder and master craftsman, Lionel Jefcoate

    83, he has built more than 56 boats – steamboats, sailboats, launches and large yachts – one of which he sailed around the South Pacific with his family

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201792150/boatbuilder-and-master-craftsman-lionel-jefcoate

  4. ohn Bell says:

    This story reminded me of how I began in the great hobby of building boats.

    As a child, my dad would take me to the harbor and I would watch the boats bring in their catch for the day. It all seemed very magical to a young boy.

    I started building tiny model boats but due to our familie's financial situation, I could never graduate to building a "real" boat.

    Fortunately, when I grew up and started working, I was able to afford to build bigger boats. However, the plans that I found were incredibly difficult to understand and I never got past the "half-finished" stage.

    I was on the verge of giving it all up. Luckily for me, I came across some easy-to-follow instructions that have allowed me to complete some wonderful boats.

    I could go on and on, but you would do well to check out the plans for yourself:

    http://www.bestquicktips.com/boatplans

    Hope it helps anyone reading this!

  5. cliff says:

    your work is amazing! I also build boats but i am not as good as you. Last time with friends we build this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzneeWOYBSw&feature=youtu.be i belive that is even good

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