For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #6: Art that Floats: Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2014

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-12-2014 04:21 PM 2663 reads 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fine woodworking is not all about beautiful boxes and handsome furniture. Some of my favourite examples of fine woodworking float and transport their owners to far away places to boot. Last weekend I had the pleasure to take part in the annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

Here are a few of my photos.

This is an overview of about a quarter of the festival area. ......... tens of thousands of fine fits and joints out there.

Thousands of them right here.

A small part of the sailpast which involved around three hundred classic wooden boats.

At this point I must apologize for not getting a lot of great detail shots. I am most grateful to have the problem of having more good friends than cockpit space…....... so I spent a lot of time entertaining. :-)

This one was taken the night before the festival and I include it as an “arty photo” because I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture with such a perfect reflection …....... not a ripple.

Here are some of the beauties that I encountered at the wooden boat rendezvous at Deer Harbor on Orcas Island on my way down to Port Townsend. Many of the boats that attend there are, like me, on their way to the festival.

If any of you want to see more photos of my trip, you can find them here.

Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 04:24 PM

I love Sailboats.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 04:29 PM

I’ve always thought that wooden sailboats, and wooden biplanes were incredibly beautiful machines. However, I am qualified to neither fly nor sail. Bummer. But I do love to look at ‘em. Thanks for the pictures.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 09-12-2014 04:35 PM

oh man…i bet you had the time of your life, and i know there were many beautiful boats there, but when i see Friendship in the water i see one of the most beautiful boats ever, you did such a fantastic job, its design and colors, the wood…they all compliment each other so well…i get so inspired to want to build something beautiful…thanks for sharing, and i will go look at your other photo’s…thanks Paul.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 09-12-2014 04:36 PM

and hey Roger, its never to late…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-12-2014 04:38 PM


Love your passion for what you do. I’ve stood on mountain tops and felt the wind. Not the same thing but it is the feel of nature that surrounds us.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-12-2014 04:58 PM

Born and raised in Seattle and I never learned to sail … one of the biggest regrets of my life.

From Port Townsend, you are very near Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics. One of the highest points in Washington state … And yep, ya can see it from there on a clear day.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 05:05 PM

so many beautiful boats. It looks like you had a great day. Your “artsy” photo is super. That is a mirror like reflection.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 05:11 PM

Wow…added to my favorites!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 05:24 PM

Hi Paul. We were in Port Townsend last week when the festival was just beginning . We took the Port Townsend ferry to get to Olympia national park and we visited friends in Port Orchard. I never thought you’d be there!! I picked up some Madrone at a saw mill in Oak harbor on the way home!!

It looked like a great time!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 06:03 PM

Looks like a lot of fun Paul!

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 09-12-2014 07:07 PM

I vacation in Port Townsend every summer and just love seeing all the wooden boats. Great place to visit!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#12 posted 09-12-2014 07:13 PM

Gorgeous boats…

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 09-12-2014 07:30 PM

You must have had a drooling good time being around all those fantastic wood boats. I would love to have seen them all.
there is a good wooden boat festival here in Louisiana that I am going to next month. It doesn’t seem to be on a large scale like Port Townsend…but…it is here

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#14 posted 09-12-2014 08:03 PM

Thanks Paul. I thoroughly enjoyed all the great photos. What a wonderful bunch of boats and yours was certainly one of the nicest. I can imagine you had a really great time there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 09-12-2014 10:43 PM

I’ll take the one with two diesels.

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