For many people, wooden boats are more than just dead trees. They have a soul to them and, like a living organism, keep their character even if parts are renewed over time. Today we present to you a wonderful film about restoring of a wooden boat.
Restoring a Wooden Boat - A Visual Tribute
We show you the 30-Minute documentary film made by Maurizio Borriello, an Italian anthropologist and boat builder. In slow, mesmerizing images, the film shows how he Maurizio single-handedly replaces a plank in a wooden ship on a boat yard in Norway. The boat is listed historical maritime treasure by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage.
Maurizio is an independent researcher in cultural anthropology. He is fascinated by boat building technology in coastal communities and the transmission of the corresponding knowledge. In his movie, he and the boat are the sole actors and the deep connection between the two becomes apparent from the first minute on.
The name of the film, "Faber Navalis" is Latin for boat builder. Maurizio made his first experiences in wooden boat building in South-East Asia during research project in marine ethnography. He then worked as an apprentice boat builder in Asia as well as Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Since four years, he works at a maritime museum in Norway on the restoration of wooden boats. This is where he produced this wonderful documentary.
Take some time, sit back, and enjoy!
Please don't watch the film on your phone while commuting to work. Instead, make a good cup of tea or pour yourself a whiskey. Then sit back and enjoy the film on a big screen. There is no better way to appreciate someone else's work!
And maybe (just maybe) it makes you want to go ahead and start restoring a wooden boat for yourself. (I would suggest you to start with a smaller one though...)