“Boats for difficult times” on Medium

I'd like to encourage you to take a look at a new venue for this publication on Medium: I've posted a new essay, Sailing On. I'm experimenting with whether Medium can provide a more cohesive and still flexible platform for my various interests. This WordPress sites will continue to act as an archive. Take a [...]

A new school

It's not a question of how to design a boat It's a question of why     A boat's design affects everything it does. Boats are potent symbols. Their form, the entire aesthetic out of which they grow, affects our perception of them. As we interact with our boats their forms change our lives. A [...]

Finding Passage

Where do we start? Where we are is broken. Lies in tatters. Corrupt. We're mired in toxic imitations of vitality. So many things are broken. Things we've forgotten what they were for. We are broken. Caught between our past and our loss of connection. Stuck in the ways we learned how to behave. Traumas endured [...]

Cross-Post from Fine Lines: Notes on Craft

The trouble with talking about Craft is that everyone thinks they already know what it is. Let's take a deep breath and set all those assumptions aside. Easier said than done. To begin, here's some of what Craft is not: Backward Anachronistic, and therefore not a viable way to proceed. Continue…        

Who Teaches Whom… and How?

…And let's not forget, "Why?" My involvement with boats has always been intertwined with learning. I don't think this is unique. Every interaction we have with boats involves some element of learning, sharing skills and passing them along. Boats teach us, and they catalyze learning. This is one of their greatest powers. How do we [...]

Craft Incorporates Values

Craft incorporates value. All Craft does. Crap Craft incorporates crap values. This isn't a bug. It's a feature. Behind any craft there is a drive to embody and express value. For social creatures in a fluid universe this aspect is more crucial than any purported "practical" value. We "need" tools and implements, transport, storage vessels…. [...]