Every year since we added a sawmill and dry kiln to our operation fifteen years ago, we have enjoyed watching the list of cool projects made from the forests’ wood grow longer. Over the years we’ve followed with excitement as our wood was transformed into the body of new boats – but this latest is the most exciting and impressive.
Last winter we reported that our new friends at the Wind & Oar Boat School had come to the forest and made off with several slabs of fine oak.
Roughly a year later it is terrific to see what they and the students at Merlo Station Community High School’s Boat Geometry Class have done with that wood.
Responding to a commission generously made by Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, the class worked long and hard to create this beautiful Herreshoff designed Columbia Dingy.
It is heartening to know that this oak, which died a natural death after a long life, has been given a second life in this fine boat. We invite the boat builders and its new owner to come “meet the stump” and know the forest in which their oak grew.
Knowing that “way leads on to way”, we ask our Wind & Oar friends “what’s next in this tree to sea adventure?”.
Congratulations to all.