I am moved to briefly reawaken this blog as I have just noticed a post on my friend Graham’s blog, Port na Storm, giving the very sad news of the demise of Inwë, the creation of Richard Rooth , in a R.T.A. I first laid eyes on Inwë when she was entered in the Watercraft Amateur Boat Builders Competition in June 2004, and expended quite a bit of 35mm film on her – where I wonder did those negatives go? Once I started hanging around HBBR gatherings like a plywood boat groupie I saw and snapped Inwë on many more occasions. I also got to know Richard, a lovely quiet man with a wicked sense of humour always willing to help out with advice when asked. I feel truly gutted that such a fate should have befallen such a gorgeous example of the home boatbuilders craft. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Richard, I hope that, in the fullness of time, a new build will emerge from this tragedy. By way of a visual Valedictory here are a few snaps of Inwë from past years.
As usual click on the thumbnail for the big picture