I was lucky enough to receive an invite to tour the Wooden Boat Shop in Sorrento today the home of the Couta boat. I find it truly remarkable and inspiring that, in 2015, some one can make a living as a wooden boat builder. The yard was full of interesting boats from historic wrecks to new, lightly built, racing Couta boats. The highlight for me was to see how they bend that iconic bowsprit of as Tim Phillips calls it the "jiboom". Originally the bowsprit would have been steam bent from a single piece but these days they are laminated.