Documentary examines craftsman’s final boat project

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For Edward Couvillier, the process of building a boat is a simple one, something he’s done almost his whole life.

There are no blueprints, no drawings, no models and no measurements.

“I can just visualize it when I want to build something,” he says. “That’s it. I can look at it in my mind and tell you how it’s going to look.”

Couvillier, 85, is a master boatbuilder who lives along the Bayou Teche in rural St. Mary Parish, La.

Now he is building what might be his final boat, a skiff made from cypress and marine plywood. Couvillier is building this boat not for himself or a fellow fisherman, but instead for a documentary being made by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor.

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