The CCA Furniture program faculty went on a research trip last week to the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in Sausalito. Bob Darr the master boatbuilder and heart of Arques spent an afternoon showing us around the beautiful boat works loaded with delicious eye candy. I’ve been in hundreds of workshops, studios, boatyards, lumberyards and junkyards in my life – but none as sweet as Arques.
There were boats in various states of construction on blocks, hanging from the high ceiling, outside in the yard and Bob introduced us to some sweet ladies out in the water waiting for a turn on the Bay.
Bob showed us all stages of the process from drawing out boat lines by hand – no 3-D rendering programs here!
Through model making and a nice little rowing dory under construction by students.
And of course the real test!!
Down on the water we could see some of the other wonderful craft that Bob has built and overseen.
Arques has been restoring the Freda for many years. A major project to breath life back in to the oldest active sailing yacht on the West Coast. Built in 1885.
Thanks Bob, for such a rich encounter!