Why the Wooden Boats on Lake Payette Inspired Me

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A couple of months ago I watched the movie Blue Chips. It’s about a college basketball team that pays off the families of top talent to secure their recruitment and the consequences of it. It was fun to watch because the plot was simple and Nick Nolte’s performance was awesome.

It wasn’t a particularly good movie, in fact, it was very medicore. But while I was watching the movie Nick Nolte said something that changed my life.

Just before the big game Nick Nolte (the coach) said:

I want you to go out there and play your best. Everyone do the best you can because it doesn’t matter what you do, it’s how you do it.

I’ve replayed that scene and those lines a hundreds of times in my mind since that day. I can’t stop thinking about it. “It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s how you do it.” It changed my way of thinking.

These gorgeous wood boats are a great example of that philosophy. They’re simple wooden boats, right. Wrong. They are like floating sculptures. Like most great art they’re made of the most basic elements. These are made of wood, leather and metal.

Wooden boats have been made for centuries but somewhere someone decided that if they’re going to make a wooden boat they might as well make it look like a work of art. That extra effort in the design and construction of these boats made them transcend beyond their status of boat.

This collection of boats was on display at lake Payettte in McCall Idaho as part of the antique and classic boat society’s annual get together. I was thoroughly inspired as I walked around the collection of these boats. They’re simply amazing.

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