We've had requests for all three. So let's get to it:
This, you may think, has absolutely nothing to do with wooden boats. And in the strictest sense, you'd be right. Except that that's circumnavigator Jamie Morrison making friends with this wallaby--essentially, a miniature kangaroo. The location is the parking lot near Wineglass Bay in eastern Tasmania, the site of a horrible wreck just a few days before. A thirty-something foot wooden boat, you see, anchored here while en-route to the festival, dragged ashore and was ground to bits in the surf. Hard to believe, judging from this photo, isn't it? (WoodenBoat contributing editor Harry Bryan sailed with his family to Tasmania about eighteen years ago. They spent a year in Hobart, and anchored for a while in Wineglass Bay. The boat they did that in--the William Hand Ketch Patience B., is used for classes by WoodenBoat School.)
In southern Tasmania, as noted in WoodenBoat No. 184, a fellow named Tolly Jaworsky
has been building a Herreshoff Mobjack for the past fourteen years. It's a gem-quality job; rumor has it that the interior has been through a few iterations already. Here's where things stood a few months ago. And here's a close up of a knee, to give you a sense of the ring spacing of Huon pine. The best way to think of this wood is: the denisty of cedar meets the ring spacing of old growth douglas-fir meets the durability of longleaf. On second thought, that might not be the best way, but it's the best I can do with my limited observation. The stuff's unique--and commercially unavailable. The state of Tasmania, however, is loaded with great timber, lots of which is exported for chipboard. This tends to create some not-too-warm-and-fuzzy feelings among lovers of trees and timbers.