'One Design' boats are boats built to a specific set of dimensions and then, often and to varying degrees of competitiveness, raced.
On the River Shannon, Ireland, they race an open dinghy called the Shannon One Design
and have for about 90 years.
The boats can be built by anyone with the inclination, as long as the dimensions are adhered to and the measurers certify the boat as being correct.
In the late 70's Irish TV made a program called 'Hands'
that showcased traditional crafts and their practitioners. Building a Shannon One Design
was among the topics they covered. (Those links are the first, second and third parts that make up the episode).
Interestingly, they also did an episode on building a 'Curragh'
(part 2 part 3
), a boat design that people have been building on the coasts of Scotland and Ireland since before anyone even thought to notice they were building boats a specific way.
Following links, there are also episodes about wheel building, chair making and weaving, among others.
posted by From Bklyn
on Feb 17, 2013 -
A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design
- "The next time you make a sandwich, pay attention to your hands. Seriously! Notice the myriad little tricks your fingers have for manipulating the ingredients and the utensils and all the other objects involved in this enterprise. Then compare your experience to sliding around Pictures Under Glass. Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?"
posted by Defenestrator
on Nov 9, 2011 -
In 1933 an unassuming farmer, one Cecil Dill, was thrust into the spotlight for his 15 minutes of fame, on account of his astonishing musical talent. He played his hands
. Just his hands
. He was a practitioner (actually the first we know of)
of the little-known art of manualism
. The hands may be the most difficult "instruments" in the world to play, but there are
those still putting palms together
for the sake of melody. And what better accompanist for a virtuosic pair of hands than a bicycle pump
? And though he really should rethink the afro wig, this guy's rendition of Purple Haze
really must be heard. [note: most links go to video sites with very flatulent audio]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 7, 2007 -
Talk to The Hand
. They say you should always sing from the heart, but no one ever said anything about what do to with the hands. Enter Robert A. Wilson, N6TV
, manualist extraordinaire. If you thought the Human Beatbox from Spearhead
was great, wait until you see Robert perform the Theme from Hawai'i Five-O
or for Classical music lovers, there's The Toreador Song, from Carmen
and The William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger Theme)
Robert is no stranger to talking with his hands. He's also a ham radio operator, a hobby
and public service
which is not only celebrating 100 years of wireless voice communication
, but also makes excellent use of another mode of communicating with the hands: Morse Code
. As old and seemingly antiquated as it seems at first glance, Morse Code has been used to allow those with physical challenges communicate
with those around them.
posted by jackspace
on Apr 24, 2006 -
"There are chakrahs in our hands, Jesus had nail holes in his palms, and a sign of worship is to stand with your palms raised. Fortune tellers read palms. Handwriting is analyzed to expose deep secrets. Man’s thumbs differentiate humans from lower species....We control our world with our hands, and our hands are shaped by our world."
-- The Manual Project
by Bill Westheimer
. "Using 19th century collodion wet plate photography I photograph their dominant hand, then we work together to make a photogram of their palm print. Combining these two images together with the person’s handwriting, I create one portrait of the subject. "
posted by Gator
on Feb 12, 2006 -
- The left and the right hand, single hand, hand on face and head, hand on object, hand touching another hand ...
posted by none
on May 24, 2005 -