The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Tasmania’s Warm Embrace

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival in “Tassie” is remarkable for its size, the quality of its boats, and the beauty of its location. But what will keep bringing us back is the warm hearts and generous humor of its people.

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    Robert Kunzig says:

    Wow – open my heart and the beauty that is the wonder of the world steps in, once again!
    Super time lapse footage etc.etc. Thank you OCH, your work (can you even call it that) enriches my soul.

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    Randall Colker says:

    Great video. Been to several wooden boat festivals around the US, and Hobart was the best I’ve been to. I’m in love with the young lady and her haunting voice on the video. Ordered her CD. Can’t wait to get it

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    David Butcher says:

    Greeting from the Uk where I sail on the south coast – Solent Cowes West Country in my 1962 Buchanan Vashti 39’ wooden ocean racer converted to crushing. I love your site and wish you all well – getting ready for winter maintenance here. Thought you might like the attached pic of us rounding the needles – heavy going!!!
    How do I send you a pic?

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    Bob Thornberry says:

    I absolutely love your video on the Tasmanian wooden boat festival! I never knew it existed! Thank’s so much for bringing this to light!

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    William Mangum says:

    Absolutely amazing place! Wish I could be there!

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    Bert van Baar says:

    Nice video. I might see this happening: going to build a wooden boat with 6 boatbuilding students from Amsterdam & Rotterdam, Netherlands, this “winter” in Franklin, Tasmania.
    It will be a sort of a “Dutch” gift from Holland (The Tassies wil pay for most of the materials!). This will take place because of the Abel Tasman year: 375 years ago he ‘discovered’ the beautiful island and named it: Van Diemens Land but the Dutch did not do anything with it, otherwise the Tassies would have spoken Dutch! The British took it and eventually gave it her new name: Tasmania!
    We are planning building an old 16m2 in a wood core manner as a link between then and now. Dutch Design we wanted it to be.
    If you are planning to come to Tasmania, just hop by for a quick look!
    We’ll be there from 5/12/2016 till 15/3/2017 and after that maybe a small summer holiday
    in our winter!

    • Steve Stone

      Steve Stone says:

      Lucky guy. Franklin, Tasmania, is a magical spot.

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    Brian Hollars says:

    Stunning glimpse into a spectacular place!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    David Tew says:

    My daughter lived in Hobart for a year, 2002-3. She worked at the festival and sent us photos of the boats and people. What a great event and spectacle!

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    Nigel Lawrence says:

    a lovely homage to both Tasmania and the Wooden Boat Festival, Steve. The wood. The boats. The people. The craftsmen.

    And only a little more than twelve months until the next festival!

    Can’t wait to see more of the footage from the festival itself, and some of the 500+ boats that attended.


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