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April 19, 2017 7:52 PM   Subscribe

Boat builder Louis Sauzedde has been crafting a wooden work skiff from raw lumber and documenting the process each week in a series of 36 videos. His Rhode Island accent, complete mastery of his craft, ability to explain both what he is doing and why he is doing it, casual use of nautical jargon, and his general good natured enthusiasm -- combined with excellent production and editing -- makes this series well worth watching.

The final episode will be released this week, after which the boat can be seen in person at the sponsor's tent sale in Bristol, RI -- and then the boat itself will be put up for sale on ebay.

You might watch as Lou establishes the sheer line, goes into the woods to find the perfect section of a tree for the breast hook, or designs some new hardware. I would never have imagined that a 14min video about filling in screw holes with epoxy could be compelling, but somehow Lou manages it.
posted by cubby (16 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
Well, this landlubber sure as hell didn't expect to be binge watching a guy build a boat. Fascinating and mesmerizing. Lou is a gifted teacher.
posted by mondo dentro at 8:58 PM on April 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

This is amazing!
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 9:30 PM on April 19, 2017

I have followed him since I saw him steam bending wood in plastic bags. So obvious and ingenious. I'm never going to build a boat but he can teach anyone in woodworking a thing or two.
posted by Tacodog at 11:22 PM on April 19, 2017

Nice boat!
posted by I-Write-Essays at 4:51 AM on April 20, 2017

building videos..yes. hours and hours of these, heaven. May I also recommend...
posted by judson at 6:39 AM on April 20, 2017

In a similar vein, but with an automotive theme, I must recommend the ongoing series Project Binky. Wherein two blokes with very British senses of humo(u)r attempt to shoehorn into a classic Mini an engine and drivetrain that are a few sizes too large. Even for non-car-enthusiasts it is interesting and amusing much of the time.
posted by Hot Pastrami! at 8:28 AM on April 20, 2017

Quality production values, lovely narration. Thanks for sharing!
posted by alrightokay at 8:39 AM on April 20, 2017

the perfect marriage of woodcraft and boatcraft. fantastic.
posted by OHenryPacey at 8:52 AM on April 20, 2017

Definitely going to watch all of these! Thanks for posting. Love these kind of videos..
posted by Bartonius at 9:23 AM on April 20, 2017

Brilliant series, I skipped through a few but I'll have to go back and watch from the start. They're really well produced, and it seems like he's constantly got an interesting trick or bit of information to add.

The search for a perfect tree section was cool, I was just reading the other day about forests with trees trained for ship building.
posted by lucidium at 12:32 PM on April 20, 2017 [3 favorites]

This is great. (Does everybody sharpen their carpenter pencils on their wood plane, or is that an innovation of his?)
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:49 PM on April 20, 2017

(Does everybody sharpen their carpenter pencils on their wood plane, or is that an innovation of his?)

I've seen other people do it.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 9:56 PM on April 20, 2017

I've greatly enjoyed this series. Early on Lou says something about doing a job "the old man way" — meaning using the minimum amount of effort — which I thought was really deep.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:20 PM on April 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

The final video is up with some unbelievable action shots of the boat on the water.
posted by lucidium at 4:55 PM on April 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

I miss having a boat.

Between this video and spending time at the beach for the first time in forever, this cat and I are definitely on the same wavelength.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:09 PM on April 22, 2017

Finally finished up watching them all - thank you for posting this, it's just great all the way through.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:57 PM on April 26, 2017 [1 favorite]

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