Robert Olson, a 15′ Dayboat

      When I was in boat school Robert Olson was my neighbor on West Quoddy Head. He was the caretaker there, and a lobsterman, and someone I came to think of as a friend. He never took the time to go sailing. Always too busy for that! But I would like to dedicate [...]


Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory Acts of Love Campaign

Please take a look at the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory's Acts of Love Fundraising Campaign.        

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 [...]

Launching all three Factory One Designs!

  Last Saturday The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory had their official Factory One Design Launching. And the launched all three of the first batch of boats! A warm and heartfelt congratulations to Brett, Victoria, Jesús, and all the students! Sorry I couldn't be there…. Other shots of the day: More on how their first summer [...]

Factory One Design at The Philadelpia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, its kids, and the first Factory One Design featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I'm going to give a short talk. Here's a draft: How boats inspire. It's fitting that we have this boat and these young people here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I want to thank everyone [...]

Cross-post from Antonio Dias Design, Factory 1-d Launched!

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. [...]