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Ode to the beauty of a wooden boat

Pacific Northwest boatbuilder and architecture critic Lawrence Cheek explores a central concept learned through years of observing and sailing boats, and that is this: The wooden boat is a thing of beauty when it follows the underlying order of nature.

"Wooden boats learn from nature, and if we're receptive, they pass on the teachings to us. Once you have built a wooden boat or even are contemplating one, it is impossible to walk through a forest and not see boats in the trees. If you are a committed conservationist, the adult flank of your brain will scold you for these appalling thoughts - killing trees for a self-indulgent toy, the idea," he writes.

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