the boat project by lone twin 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

  • Amazing !!

    Eldad says:
  • Of course its quite lovely and beautiful, no criticism here. Leaks? Pray not.

    charles says:
  • wow! what a team work!

    george says:
  • Great concept and fabulous fulfillment. Classy project. Kudos to all concerned d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Dear lord!

    We know how much it takes to do this matched wood work in furniture. Amazing the idea to pass it on to this scale, the outcome is indeed stunning. One of the best works we’ve seen in 2012.

    Congratulations!

    Boca do Lobo - Exclusive Design says:

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