conibear shellhouse

“He talked about the underlying strength of the individual fibers in cedar and how, coupled with their resilience, they give the wood it’s ability to bounce back and resume its shape, whole and intact, or how under steam and pressure, they could take a new form and hold it forever. The ability to yield, to bend, to give way, to accommodate, he said, was sometimes a source of strength in men as well as wood so long as it was helmed by inner resolve and by principle.” -Boys in the Boat

The Husky Clipper, 1936 gold medal racing shell, built by George Yeoman Pocock currently hangs in the University of Washington’s Conibear Shellhouse