Perhaps, then, you will say, ‘But where can one have a boat like that built today?’ And I will tell you that there are still some honest men who are not scared to use hand tools, who can sharpen a saw, Plane, or adze: there are still some who know that a little healthy exercise will not do them any lasting harm. To be sure, most of these honest men live and work in rather out of the way Places, but that is lucky, for in most cases they can acquire the provided boatbuilding materials for perhaps one-third the city prices.

But, best of all, some of these honest gentlemen’s boatshops are in places where nothing but the occasional honk of a wild goose will distract them from their work.

—L. F. Herreshoff

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