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Wearing his signature hat, traditional boatbuilder Joshua Swan trims and nails cedar planks into place on the skeletal curve of a boat under construction in the woodshop at the Mosse Humanities Building. As artist in residence in the Art Department, Swan is building a 13.5-foot rowing workboat, known as a Maine "peapod," from start to finish during an 8-week period. Swan says the process involves "a lot of cut hands, bumped knuckles, head scratching and repetitive steps." Photo date: February 2005

Clamps hold steamed and drying cedar planks against the skeletal frame of a boat being built by traditional boatbuilder Joshua Swan in the woodshop at the Mosse Humanities Building. As artist in residence in the Art Department, Swan is building a 13.5-foot rowing workboat, known as a Maine "peapod," from start to finish during an 8-week period. Photo date: February 2005

Friend Tony Trapp, at left, opens the cover to a steamer as traditional boatbuilder Joshua Swan pulls out a hot cedar plank and gets ready to clamp the pliable wood to the skeletal curve of a boat under construction in the woodshop at the Mosse Humanities Building. As artist in residence in the Art Department, Swan is building a 13.5-foot rowing workboat, known as a Maine "peapod," from start to finish during an 8-week period. Photo date: February 2005

Seen in a fisheye lens view from underneath looking up, left to right, traditional boatbuilder Joshua Swan, and undergraduate students Annika Ushio and Reuben Foat clamp steamed cedar planks to the skeletal curve of a boat under construction in the woodshop at the Mosse Humanities Building. As artist in residence in the Art Department, Swan is building a 13.5-foot rowing workboat, known as a Maine "peapod," from start to finish during an 8-week period. Photo date: February 2005

Images credit: Jeff Miller

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