We are very happy to share these photos of wonderful Amphorae from many of our young builders. Our heartfelt congratulations to them on building these beautiful boats, and our thanks for sharing their photos!
This Amphora was built by Alexander Gudschinsky, with help from his sister Laura and father Mark. If you have a copy of The Amphora, you'll understand the shot above with Alexander reclining in his nearly-finished Amphora! Great job, and a new look for our boats; I haven't ever seen this paint scheme on one of our boats. Nice job Alexander!
A note from Mr. Guschinsky about the project:
Here is Alexander Gudschinsky's Swimmer. Built by Alexander with help
from his sister Laura, and Dad.
Alexander and Laura did all of the lofting. Alexander did all of the
cutting but he made Dad do most of the sanding. The design for the paint
job is 100% Alexander's.
He was in a race to complete his boat with the builders of the Amphora
Dragon, so he ended up launching in the ice filled waters of the Chena
River in Fairbanks Alaska. The race isn't finished though. There is an
ongoing challange to see which Capian and Crew can find the most sunken
artifacts by summers end.
Wow We didn't expect to see any of the little Amphora being built again, as the book that design was in went out of print decades ago. Nonetheless, at least three have been built this early 2004 season! Very cool; the Amphora is one of our favorites. We may just have to bring the plan back...In the meantime, look on www.abe.com for used copies of The Amphora, by Peter Stevenson. It was the second book in a trilogy of project books for younger builders (ten and up about), along with The Buffy-Porson (how to build a coaster car) and Farming In Boxes (a greenhouse project.)
Mr. Matthews sent us several pics of his beautiful Amphora above, as well as a very nice Weekender also, so we put them on a separate page: Click Here to see the photos!