Wandering mzungus in Africa

I was aimlessly browsing a few African Travel Blogs as I am wont to do when I am feeling a little down (I am feeling terrible/ill at the moment!) and I came across Will Boase who cheered me up no end with this great shot.

african boat builder

Give a man a saw, a plane and a hammer......

Bear in mind that this guy will have only the most rudimentary tool kit to build this amazing craft. Probably no plans, just the experience gained the hard way over many decades from his mentors.

What a great job though, hand building boats in the sunshine and to think that my own boat plans remain in their envelope and may do for some time to come.

I long for the day when I too, can work with the sun on my back and my boy at my heels, putting together our own little boat to play on the fjord just 5 minutes from my house.

Of course we shouldn’t forget that our boat is purely for pleasure, whereas the boat above will almost certainly be used for several peoples livelihoods. A different beast entirely. But beautiful none the less.

Stay well

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Handyman, humanitarian, inventor, blogger and finally a house husband looking after Cecilia, Julia, William near Hvalstrand in Asker, Norway.

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4 Responses to Wandering mzungus in Africa

  1. Welton – sorry not Wellington….

  2. Pete was home the whole day but I missed your response – will message you. My brother’s in the UK. We have different mothers so he grew up in England whilst I grew up with dad in Norway :). But my brother is a boat fanatic!

  3. Ian says:

    Thanks Caroline, am feeling better and going to docs today to have blood test to confirm 🙂

    Is that Lincolnshire in the States? (I used to live near Lincolnshire in the UK!)

    My boat plans are from Glen L Boats in the States where I believe that home boat building, esp for fathers and sons is still very popular. I can’t wait to get started, hopefully spring 2012 when my boy is a little older and the house/shed a bit more sorted.

    Actually, are you around this afternoon? I am at the docs at 12 but I could call in for those books afterwards while I am out and about. I have a map and you are only 10 mins or so away.

    Ping me a mail or so
    Cheers
    Ian

  4. Hope you get much better soon Ian! My brother built his own boat – he’s in Wellington-Lincolnshire.

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