With the first break in the weather in a long time, the wind calmed down and the sun came out on Vineyard Haven harbor this weekend. On my way to the harbor I passed by the scow that is being being built in Boch Park on Beach Road.
As I walked by a man working on the boat asked me, "How's your back?" "Fine," I said, a little confused. "Good," he said, "Lift this."
The keel--what you see is what you get--is complete as scows are made with a flat bottom so they can be pulled up onto the beach and unloaded.
The frames are made of white oak which Box buys from New England Naval Timbers.
Box smiles, yet the majority of his work is still in front of him. My lifting of the frame in place reminds me of the story of the two bricklayers who were asked what they were doing. The first one said, "I'm building a wall." The second one proudly replied, "I'm building a cathedral." At least for a day, I helped build a scow.