Duckworks - Projects
The Online Magazine For Amateur Boat Builders


Each day I stole, set a side or borrowed
An hour of toil. With pencil, handsaw, hammer
Block plane and chisel, I bestowed
Shape to ideas and thoughts that did not stammer.

Pre-adolescent dreams coming true
In a man’s need for a tangible reality
That will carry me across waters of anguish to You
My hands work and my mind is silent, seeking eternity.

A sailboat has no right angles, corners or flat plains,
I struggle to grasp the three-dimensionality of its curves.

Beside me, holding boards, making marks and measuring is my oldest son,
Close by my younger two play games; encouraging with lemonade, my hon.

Every time I set sail these memories gurgle in the wake
Sawdust, paint, smooth curves; my heart awake.

-Jonathan Bornman

Hi, I have enjoyed your online magazine for about six months. The picture is our skiff built in 2002 from plans by Gifford Jackson, his Marisol Skiff (see photo above).

I wrote the poem as a reflection on the building experience.

Construction photos are available on my website:

Jonathan Bornman

B.P. 335