the boat project by lone twin
may 08, 2012
the boat project by lone twin


image courtesy of the boat project

the boat project‘ is the most ambitious undertaking to date for UK-based company lone twin (gary winters and gregg whelan).
using the latest yacht building methods, they have transformed wooden objects such as puzzles, guitars, chairs, rulers, furniture,
picture frames, clothes pegs etc., all donated by people within the UK’s south east region to construct not just any vessel,
but rather a ‘living, floating archive’ of people’s stories and memories.

designboom has been in touch with ‘the boat project’ about the venture and the guardian recently visited their workshop,
to get an inside look at the progress on the vessel just days before its completion.

between february and august 2011, lone twin invited individuals to contribute to the construction of the massive work,
by asking the community to bring in special wooden tokens (ranging in scale and size) which had a story to tell. the result is a 30 ft long yacht
which could be considered more a piece of art. ‘the boat project’ is one of 12 ‘artists taking the lead’ commissions to celebrate the
london 2012 cultural olympiad and has been produced in collaboration with olympic silver medallist mark covell
and international boat designer simon rogers.

the boat just launched yesterday, may 7th at thronham marina, chichester, led by captain mike barham and a trained crew,
and is making its maiden voyage throughout the south east region this summer. following its adventure, it will return to the region
and will stand as a permanent resource for the public.


up close view of a tennis racquet, skateboard, broom incorporated into the boat
photo © toby adamson


a wooden toy train, hanger, clothes peg and finial are among some of the pieces that were donated to the project
photo by sam frost for the guardian


children’s toys such as this wooden rabbit puzzle are part of the vessel’s topsides
photo by sam frost for the guardian


up close of the top sides

image courtesy of the boat project


the paneling of the boat features guitar parts
photo by sam frost for the guardian


gwen van spijk, executive director of the boat project, measuring the fore
photo by sam frost for the guardian


left: (l-r) mark covell, gregg whelan and gary winters
right: the build team
photo
© toby adamson


‘the boat project – 27 days to launch’
the short clip captures the last days of construction on the vessel set for voyage on may 7th, 2012
video courtesy of lone twin, filmed and edited by toby adamson


the donations…

photo © toby adamson


donation #1058 – RSM simon torr on behalf of 47 reg royal artillery
image courtesy of the boat project


left: donation #584 – a piece of HMS victory
right: donation #895 by keith smart – shaving from a jimi hendrix guitar, photo © toby adamson


up close look at donation #895 by keith smart – shaving from a jimi hendrix guitar,
photo © toby adamson


the donations laid out and sorted

photo © toby adamson


a guitar cut out and waiting to be inlaid into the boat’s topside
image courtesy of the boat project


the framed grid essential for recording the exact location of donations placed on the top side
image courtesy of the boat project


clockwise from top left: laying planks; adding the final planks to the vessel; preparing the cuddy; and mark covell making the finishing touches
photos © toby adamson


spraying in process
image courtesy of the boat project


‘timelapse’ documenting the two days in which the build team constructed the form and block in which to construct the boat over
video courtesy of lone twin, filmed and edited by toby adamson


‘fairing the hull’
mark
covell, jesse loynes, ian davidson, paul underhill and mike braidley
hard at work sanding back the cedar planking to make the hull
as smooth and fair as possible prior to glassing

video courtesy of lone twin, filmed and edited by toby adamson


‘glassing the hull’
video courtesy of lone twin, filmed and edited by toby adamson


‘turning the hull’
video courtesy of lone twin, filmed and edited by toby adamson

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