this blog aims to be a view into my practice as an artist. a window into work in progress. it also serves as a basic reflective tool for myself and a way of exposing my thinking through making to anyone else.
Friday, 6 March 2015
Letter of Thanks to Ian Oughtred
Isle of Skye
This winter I have made a skin-on-frame lightweight lug rigged double ender pictures enclosed. I have not had it afloat yet! Will let you know how it goes. I must thank you for your boat construction book, and lug designs, they inspired and helped me develop my own set of lines along with other references. Having rowed a good distance in a Faroe Islands boat at the Nólsoy feastival with the Faroe museum curator he gave me a copy of his book on the boats, this was also a great inspiration. I have also had the pleasure of working 2 weeks along side a boat builder at the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum, Denmark and sailing some of their collection of boats, this experience made a great impression on me. Making a commitment to designing your own hull shape is a leap of faith it seems of a rear nature these days, its not the first boat I have made but it always feels like that, addicted to the new. Having not floated it yet I cannot comment on the pleasure and/or pain involved fully, but so far I would not have done it another way. The lines and details, I finally decided on after two weeks over the drawing board are the result of many factors, a friend made a design comparison chart to help, enclosed, it gives an idea of my brief.
This boat was made as part of an art project called 'Lost at Sea', in memory partly to my late father who worked offshore in the North Sea oil and gas drilling and production for 35 years. Two skin-on-frame pods are part of the art installation, which to my surprise won a place, and the prize for most original artwork, at the Visual Arts Scotland open show at the Royal Scottish Academy last month. This project I hope to tour as an exhibition with some workshop activities for all ages and at some point a visually documented art performance with the family taking the pods out to sea in an off shore wind and releasing the pods.
This summer our new skin boat 'Guffaw' will be our tender on our summer cruise in our Folkboat 'Chuckle'. Guffaw will give the kids some adventure between the passage making.
I will go off now and weigh the boat, interesting problem, as I do not have these details yet to share and it being one of the design criteria that influenced the design. I am at present finishing the rig so it can be reefed easily, and making the hard foam buoyancy blocks to go in the ends and under the seats. After launching at Eyemouth soon I hope, (its killing me waiting), the family, Jenny (mum), Fergus 10yrs, Freyja 7yrs, Beatrice the dog and myself will make a sailing rowing camping trip down loch Shiel. Perhaps a night at the Glenfinnan house hotel after the trip might be appreciated.