Another Driftwood Boat

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In the shops earlier we had seen some souvenir boats made of drift wood and this gave me an idea.  It would be impossible to take one home given the restrictions on hand luggage so I decided that I would collect the bits of knotted wood and salt bleached sticks off the beach, take them home and, in an Airfix sort of way, make my own so I set immediately about beachcombing and starting my collection.

In the afternoon we strolled to the beach and went for a swim in the sea and I continued my search for interesting bits of driftwood.  Despite her earlier lack of enthusiasm even Kim was showing some interest in the project and by now we had the pieces we needed for the hull, the mast, the rudder and a cabin, some cuttlefish for sails and miscellaneous bits of twig and sticks for the sea.  Later as I scavenged the harbour for other useful bits a helpful fisherman provided some authentic cord which was going to be just perfect for the nets.

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9 responses to “Another Driftwood Boat

  1. A particularly lovely example of your driftwood sculptures. Thanks to winter storms, our beaches are strewn with lots of driftwood.


  2. super-duper..well done Andrew xxxx


  3. This will have more meaning to you than one you would have bought already made. It looks great.


  4. This one’s a winner. I must stop wasting my time on beaches and start hunting. But then, you really wouldn’t want to witness my “artistic” efforts- I assure you!


  5. I love this boat. Your creativity is impressive. I definitely wouldn’t have the skill to look at pieces of driftwood and put them together in a way that they closely resemble a boat. Nice job!! Definitely a keeper.


  6. Love this idea! We’ll now be on the lookout for perfect little pieces of driftwood as we walk on the beach. Thanks for the idea.


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