FEATURED PICTURE: Launching of the currach BERNIE DUBH at the 2013 Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
Mark Redden undertook an arts/craft residency in Tasmania for a period of 4 weeks, leading up to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, 8-11 February 2013.
The project was to build a full-size currach at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania, a pretty little riverside community about 40 minutes south of Hobart. It’s a centre of wooden boat building and an old river port.
The boat was transported to Hobart for the four days of the Festival, to put on the finishing touches, talk to people about these remarkable boats and launch the currach on the last day, for a gentle row around the inner harbour.
Feature of the Event shown on TV: WOODEN BOAT FEST
Mark built another currach with Tasmanian artist Andrew Murphy in 2004 made from entirely recycled materials and costing only 20 dollars to build, the boat is still kept near Snug.