I’ve been reading about these folks and their classic boatbuilding philosophies since their first mention in WoodenBoat Magazine in 1979. (I also remember the second issue in 1974 — alas not the first — of Woodenboat Magazine. My Dad picked it up at a Freeport outfitters known as L.L. Bean)
These gentlemen do it right. I read ab out the construction of the Charlotte and just discovered the movie. Great stuff!
From the mid 1970s until the late 1990s this was what I was destined to do.
For all you boatbuilders in the CWB community, you’ll love this sweet, touching story of two shipwrights in Massachusetts that build a 50 foot gaff rigged schooner. The film gracefully intertwines nerdy-boatbuilder tid-bits with stories of family, dedication and community – making it a film that any craftsperson can appreciate. It’s worth the watch!
Stay tuned for more information about a possible screening at CWB’s Boathouse in Seattle during 2012.
From the Charlotte website:
CHARLOTTE is a film about an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, and maintaining traditionally built wooden boats, and in the process they transformed Vineyard Haven harbor into a mecca for wooden boat owners and enthusiasts. After a long career of designing and constructing boats for others, Nat embarks on building a…
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