The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #26740   Message #325309
Posted By: Naemanson
23-Oct-00 - 11:43 AM
Thread Name: Gordon Bok This Weekend
Subject: RE: Gordon Bok This Weekend
Gordon told this story in his workshop on Saturday. He had been talking about hanging around and working in various boat yards on the coast and the workmen, actually craftsmen, who worked there. He told of one Malcolm Brewer, a boatbuilder par excellance. He and his friend Nick were visiting and as usual Malcolm kept working while they visited. this is not unusual. It is how I was raised. Visitors are welcome in the shop and don't feel ignored when the workers keep on working.

Anyway, Malcom was working inside a boat. He crawled out from under the deck, crossed the gunnel on to the scaffolding, climbed down the ladder, crossed to the vice, clmped down a block of wood, took a few shavings off and climbed back into the boat. A few seconds later he crawled out from under the deck again, crossed the gunnel on to the scaffolding, climbed down the ladder, crossed to the vice, clmped down a block of wood, took a few more shavings off and climbed back into the boat. A few seconds later he did it again. The third time he did it Gordon asked him what he was working on.
"Butt block."
Where's it going, Malcolm?"
"Under the deck at the stern."
"You mean up in the lazarette?"
"Ayuh."
"Malcom, there ain't no one but you and God are ever going to know what it looks like!"
"Well," he replied, "I guess that's two to many!"
With that he took another shaving off of the block and climbed back into the boat.

You don't get that kind of craftsman's attitude anymore and IMHO it is sorely missed.