26508Re: [bolger] Topaz Spyder runabout
- Feb 14, 2003David
I have been reading and thinking about PCB since I bought Folding Schooner in
the late 70's. Though he disparages his talents as an artist I doubt if there
are any members of this group that will deny that he is a great one. His
ability see a three dimensional work of art and create in a 2 dimensional
format is wondrous. From anecdotes, like the raised sheer that Payson made
in the Gull picture and from his writing, he sees more than we can, he sees
the whole thing, and he can see the change that a 1/2" difference in
measurement will make in the over all aesthetic.
I had 2 cartopper's in the shop. I could not walk into the shop with out
looking at them because they demanded my eye. I could not look at them
without smiling, because what ever angle you looked at them from, they were
pleasing, the curves just right. The 2 dimensional drawings don't come close
to revealing how beautiful they are in 3. I know Mr Bolger saw it however,
and pushed and moved the lines a 1/2 or 1/4 inch here and there so that the
3d picture in his head was just right.
He has another part of him will call the creative problem solver side. Part
of the problem is some of his solutions are jolting to an eye trained to
conventional nautical usage, and solutions.
I had the following sentence in the previous paragraph and then I pulled it
"He will ruthlessly suppress the aesthetic as much as necessary to effect a
solution to a nautical problem."
I decided this is not true, he ruthlessly suppresses conventional nautical
usage, than he applies his aesthetic to whatever creative solution he has
come up with. I think that this is why his square boats grow on us after a
while. We get used to the unconventionality and the visual balance in the
execution takes over. Some, like the Sneakeasy look good right out of the
box. I would never have said that a Martha Jane is a good looking from the
drawings, but having seen one on the water, I know that it is.
Give our hero a chance to combine his artistic abilities to a more
traditional end product and prepare to have your socks knocked off. The Topaz
Spyder looks attractive in the drawings, you would be able to sit in a deck
chair and spend a whole afternoon looking at the real thing tied to the dock.
> How anyone can look at the Topaz Spyder (as well as many other of his
> designs,) and call PCB a "form follows function aesthetical brute" is
> absolutely beyond me.
> More likely, he's head-over-heals in love with what boats do and what
> boats look like, and has made a life's work trying to bring all that
> grace, beauty, function, and fun within reach of as many people as
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