I live in Brooklyn, and I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and saw a small roach run behind my toilet tank. As I was half asleep, sans glasses and in my underpants, there was little I could do about it - so I crawled back into bed. Right before I sank back into sleep, the last thought in my mind was "I don't think I want to live in New York forever." Waking up and watching Kat Gardiner's gorgeous mini-documentary about wooden boat carpentry, Shaped on all Six Sides sealed it for me.

Several years ago, Gardiner and her husband lived in a small town in Washington State called Anacortes, where they ran a cafe. During their time there, they grew close with a regular customer named Andy Stewart, who owned and ran a boat shop right down the street. When the couple's business folded after a year, Stewart brought on Kat's husband, Nathan Walker, as an apprentice. 

"I was blown away by the artistry of the shop as much as the artistry of the craft, and while other boat-builders and would-be boat builders seemed trekkie level obsessed with the minutia of the process, Andy didn't seem to fall into that competitive intellectual one-upsmanship. He knew his craft, but seemed to find more solace in perfecting it's application, rather than proving he could. I really respected him," Kat says. 

After a while, Kat's time spent as an observer of the ins and outs of the shop led her to make this film, which features music by Dana Falconberry, Sea of Bees, and Clyde Peterson. The film was shot from July 2012-March 2013 on 5D & GoPro with zero budget and will make you want to leap up from your desk or couch and run into the wild of your yet to be fully explored life. What? I guess I just wrote a poem.

Watch Shaped on all Six Sides on Vimeo.


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