Bygga träbåt

Att bygga sin egen båt

Ben Harris älskar trä. Han har byggt i materialet sen han var 15. Stressa av och följ med ut med Alva.

Ben has always loved wood. His mother said that his first word was ‘log’. He has been working with wood throughout the UK since the age of 15. First as an assistant to a cabinet maker, where he started by sharpening the tools and clearing up. He then developed his skills in furniture making and his passion for wood and forestry by working in broadleaf woodlands. Later he tuned his skills in bespoke oak-framed carpentry and went on to establish a sawmill and oak framing business in Scotland, sourcing timber from the local estates. In 2005 Ben moved to Cornwall to study boatbuilding. He has been building boats and sailing them ever since.

Shooting from timber to tide

We spent three days with Ben, staying with him in the idyllic handbuilt wooden cabin he lives in, in Constantine, Cornwall. When we arrived Wednesday, late afternoon, the plan was to make pumpkin soup and couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered the open fire cooking area in the garden. Within an hour after arriving we were already shooting some lovely material. The next day we covered the area around the house, the two workshops, the woods and recorded the voice-over. The real treat came on Friday morning when we took his self-built sailing yacht Alva out on Falmouth’s waters. First we covered the beautiful yacht from a motor boat with skipper Matthew Dale and dog Ruben, before we stepped on board ourselves and got close to the action. What a great experience.

Stills and behind-the-scenes pictures are available on our website:

Credits and technical information

  • Directed by Remco Merbis and Fern Scott.
  • Cinematography, grade and edit by Remco Merbis.
  • Sound recorded by Fern Scott.
  • Music by Jonny Pryor.
  • Thanks to Ben Harris, Jack Adair Bevan, Jacob Dodd and Matthew Dale.
  • Sony PXW-FS7
  • Metabones Speedbooster Ultra
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM Lens
  • Manfrotto 546GBK with 504HD head tripod
  • DJI Ronin
  • Chinese Lantern
  • Shot at 25 and 50 fps at 1080p and 4K.
  • Graded in DaVinci Resolve, using Osiris cinematic film emulation 3D LUTs at 1080p HD with added 35mm film grain.


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