Avalon is based on the schooners that fished the Grand Banks at the turn of the Twentieth Century. They marked the end-point of an evolution that had been ongoing for some three hundred years. They came to be right at the time engines and oil changed everything. At the other end of that excursion from … Continue reading Avalon, a 106′ Schooner
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 … Continue reading Finding Passage
Just look around you. What we see is what collapse looks like. It's not the dramatic plot of some Apocalyptic movie. Such flashy spectacles are just a symptom of our decline. In the end it's not only our inability to adapt to changing conditions that holds us in its grip. We are in collapse because … Continue reading Chasing after the new, the trap of innovation.
…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 … Continue reading Who Teaches Whom… and How?
Just got these images from Victoria Guidi, Program Director at the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory. This one says it all! The Purple Lady – the kids chose the color and the name – sailing in the basin to the side of the Independence Seaport Museum. The Cruiser, Olympia and the Bark, Moshulu in the background. … Continue reading Cross-post from Antonio Dias Design, Factory 1-d Launched!
The last post broached the subject of the complicity of our boating heritage. It shouldn't come as much of a shock, but it does. This disillusion strikes close to home. It resides in the silence of guilt and taboo, where our discomfort is unmoored from its cause – deemed too painful, intractable to any possibility … Continue reading Craft Untethered