Friday, September 10, 2010

Maine Boat Building and The Carpenter’s Boatshop


There are so many high school and college students who are buying from farmer markets and even seeking out well-made, thick, used sweaters at "vintage" or Good Will stores. They understand instinctively that things built with stewardship minimizes waste over time. As they can no longer take it for granted, they are beginning to actively rediscover respectful production from real American craftsmen.




Spend an afternoon at The Carpenter’s Boatshop. It represents a microcosm of a respectful production process.

A respectful production process uses:
  • Classic designs, with careful updates around necessary and improved functionality (boats have to perform):

  • Masters and apprenticeships roles (workers are not interchangeable, and masters have decades of experience):


A Master boatbuilder shows her work.


  • Natural and quality inputs:
New tools, beautiful wood
  • Minimal use of the middlemen (who disintermediate the producer from the end-buyer):
Boats in the old workshop are ready for customers
  • An established process and business model to refurbish old products (there is a wisdom that comes to organizations that encourages the repair of their old items):
Boats "returning" to be fixed.
And then there is the additional benefit of a nautical form and function. The New England classic aesthetic is inextricable from the shore.

Obviously, this level of care is impractical with much of what we use and consume. But when One looks at fresh milk available directly from dairy farms, even the L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bag, one can’t help but think the amount of products made with respect will increasingly be sought after.

Every boat from The Carpenter's Boatshop has this Scottish prayer...

The Reverend Bobby Ives.  Photo Courtesy of The Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, Maine (used with permission)


6 comments:

James said...

A wonderful post about a marvelous craft. I wish I had the God given talent to turn wood into works of art.

Ryan P. said...

Is it silly to be emotional about this post and how wonderful people who construct such products are? Perhaps, but I must admit, I am. Another great post!

p.s. That first paragraph about high school and college students made me smile! (That's me!)

ivylynn said...

My favorite part is the curious Golden Retriever

Tabitha said...

The boat filled with ice is such a unique touch at your wedding. I love Maine, I have so many memories of summers spent there.

Issy said...

Fabulous! I go to Bowdoin so I'll have to go check it out over a weekend.

j.mosby said...

Muffy,
Have you ever visited the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI worth the trip if you love wooden boats! Not to mention seeing the old America's Cup J-Boat "Shamrock" over next to the "Black Peril" Restaurant off Thames Street.