My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival

The day started cold but the sun shone through shortly after the Red Devils performed its fly past and Hobart turned it up for the second day of the My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

The Princes Wharf building houses most of the commercial supporters of the show and after two full days of Hobartians and out-or-towners they are already feeling the strain of such a well-attended show.

Outside at the far end of the show is the main woodworking artisanal displays. At the start of the show a full-working bullock team brought in a recently felled Huon pine and volunteer woodworkers have been showing their talents in slowly converting it into all manner of useful maritime artefacts. 

Alongside in a tent you can purchase scrimshaw or watch a traditional rope-making machine or see apprentices calmly and steadfastly adze a new oar out of a piece of timber.

Looking forward to Monday when I get a full day to visit all the vessels themselves and hopefully take some photos onboard. Look out for a full report in the May issue of Cruising Helmsman.

But, before that happens a walk around the dock at nighttime afforeded some moody images, enjoy

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