The Auk is now floating peacefully by Finn and Shan’s boat in Shilshole Marina. If you scroll down past the “archives” on the right side of the display and click on “the Auk” in the categories list, you will see just the posts describing the build.
Note to Iain Oughtred:
We launched the Auk yesterday! She floats high, lightly balanced. Three adults bring her down a few inches, settled and stable. Bone dry. A beautiful design—the boat seems alive, matched with the water, a surface dancer. I once saw a Herreshoff dinghy in Maine, a hundred years old, that had the same quality.
When we recognize something as beautiful, we are inspired and calmed. The harmonies promise or reflect or express a universal order, a higher standard. This order is integrated with the uniqueness of the beautiful object, person, sound… The universal and the unique within each of us are often out of balance. A re-balancing happens when we let out a breath in the presence of beauty.
Several centuries ago, Francis Bacon observed, “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” The “strangeness” in the Auk is the sum of my mistakes, irregularities, choices of wood and finish, and the care taken or not taken in small details. No two boats built from your plans will be the same, but each will express the harmonious design.
It has been a challenge, a pleasure, and an honor to build the Auk. Please add my voice to the many who have thanked you for your work.