Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beauty Of A Boat

So much of the beauty of a boat is in the functional details. The lines of the hull that make if cut efficiently through the water make a graceful and beautiful curve. The repetition of the pulleys and ropes and sail attachments are pleasing, soothing to look at, yet interesting in their richness of detail. The simple efficiency of the pump handles and connecting mechanisms, the bit of ornament where the blacksmith has added a bit of stability to the tip of the bell bracket by widening it in such a way as to suggest a flower, the functional bracket for the cabin roof overhang that is embellished with a simple vine carving. The Challenge is a handcrafted reproduction of a Great Lakes ship that resides in the Milwaukee Discovery Center.

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