Breaking bloggio silence – and some boatbuilding philosophy

We know, loyal Chine bLog readers, that we have been away from the editorial desk for too long. Let’s just say that sometimes storms come in that force the most hardened of boatmen to stay in the harbor. We have some new pictures to share, and a reason for great celebration is upcoming. You should hear from us again soon.

As a tide-me-over, let us leave you with what we call boatbuilding philosophy – deeper thoughts about this noble pastime we love. Mr. Chine bLog Sr. sent us this clipping from the New Yorker taken from a piece which concerned a notable sculptor:

New Yorker clipping

We are not trained sculptors here at Chine bLog, but the two disciplines always seemed closely related. Both take raw materials and put beautiful form into them. The curves of all but the simplest boat require an eye and a feel that seems like it must mimic similar traits of a sculptor. I guess a boatbuilder has a clearer plan that the sculptor may, but after the core structural elements, the boatbuilder has ample room to toy with a number of elements as s/he pleases. Plenty in a boat doesn’t have a reason, in the sense of necessity. If he is working on a Pacific proa, he need look no further than the manu, the shape of the stemhead and bow that probably detracts form absolute performance but looks wonderful. I short, we disagree with this passage. Thoughts from you all?

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