'Men Build Boats Because They Can't Have Babies'

A moving documentary about one man’s devotion to craftsmanship in an age of advanced machinery.

From director Kat Gardiner comes this charming short about a man and his craft. In Shaped on All Six Sides, we meet Andy Stewart, who comes from a long line of boat manufacturers. Using tools passed down from generation to generation, he finds solace in keeping these wooden vessels alive. For Stewart, nothing else he has done has been quite so challenging or interesting on a daily basis.

In an era when cool is synonymous with artisanal, handcrafted, or local, Stewart's passion for building boats seems genuine. “To build a wooden boat," he says, "is the closest thing you can do to give life to an inanimate object.” 

For more from Kat Gardiner, visit her site.

Via Devour.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

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