Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Work of Hands


There is nothing worth living for but Christian Architecture and a boat.
Augustus Welby Pugin, The Builder, 1852 vol. 10

This probably isn't what Pugin had in mind but...

I came upon this little handbuilt boat at the edge of the pristine lake wrapping the shores of Hallstat, Germany. If I'd had any journalistic nerve, I'd have asked someone what, where, when, why, and how it came to be. Without knowledge of it, my eye sees a thing of beauty and wonder--a stunning work of humility, simplicity, and utility. And so I share my picture of this lovely, little craft.

In case you might think it's beautiful too.

15 comments:

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hey from canada
I love this boat. ive taken a look at some other posts also and there are many i'd like to check out in detail. hope you dont mind
~laura

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I think the water looks most inviting - clear and a lovely turquoise. Boats have such stories to tell. Both wild and calm, I'm sure.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

My husband works with his hands, and this boat makes me think upon who its creator foremost. Secondly, that water is amazingly beautiful, as Midlife Jobhunter mentioned before me.

lakeviewer said...

It's a perfect icon for your blog, Abbey! "A work of hands" says it all.

mise said...

You have to admire the detailed sweep of Pugin's conviction, and that boat. It's like Thoreau's approach to the whole through humble, human detail. We certainly think it's beautiful too.

Susan Erickson said...

weathered wood, handmade by a long ago craftsman...the mark of the maker is always the most intersting part. Love the turquoise water too....

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Becky
I do think it is beautiful.. and also the colour of the water and how clear and happy it looks.... I love how these sorts of photos can take you right back to your travels... in mind and spirit....

Thanks for missing me.. actually not working at present.. but been off the blog due to sore neck and other issues.. hopefully will find some inspiration soon!!! miss you all xxx Julie

Pooch Morning Glory said...

wow, i love the medieval castle! the stacked log post is also cool. my mom wanted to build a house of stacked logs. she hasnt yet tho haha.
~laura

Pooch Morning Glory said...

o and st peters... i have had the pleasure two times now. it is magnificent
~L

S. Etole said...

a photo of many thoughts ... thank you for sharing it

Robyn said...

It's the colour of the lake that strikes me most and then the craft.

great shot.
Robyn :)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What spectacular talent.
Peaceful and serene.
Lovely blog !

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hmmm wonder were it was in Germany you've found this treasure. I also do the same wonder, who, what, when...wich hands etc.

Great great shot.
Dagmar

Terra said...

Yes, I agree with you, this boat is simple and true.

Jeanne Klaver said...

Your questions reflect a vivid imagination. Love this boat!