GiveBIG for Preservation
We interviewed Bradley, The Center for Wooden Boats’ Lead Boatwright, asking about preservation for today’s #givebigforboats story. CWB envisions a future where lives are enriched with knowledge, and this is present in our commitment to collecting, preserving, and passing down the stories of Northwest wooden small craft and the maritime culture so central to this area. This valiant effort wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers and community leaders. Many of the boats we have here at CWB are superior examples of historical vessels otherwise lost in this day and age. You can support us as we prepare for GiveBIG by sharing this #givebigforboats story and joining us on May 3rd.
Why is the preservation of small craft here at CWB a vital connection to the Northwest?
Currently we are the only organization collecting Northwest-specific boats. A lot of the boats we have here are the very few public examples you’ll see. Some are as old as 109 years. If these boats disappeared, they will disappear from existence.
What do you do here?
I’m the Lead Boatwright and current caretaker of this magnificent fleet. We’ve got a lot of history here, and I’m happy to be a part of it.
What is your hope for the future impact of preservation here at CWB?
Really, that we can take some of these boats from the 18th and 19th centuries and continue them into the 20th century for our grandchildren.