Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wooden Boat Couture

Boaters tend to don decidedly, well, “boaty” garb. I mean, you’ve got custom t-shirts, navy blazers, boat shoes—even foul weather gear. Here’s a more unusual “boaty” accessory to throw into the mix: the wooden hull handbag. That’s right, you heard me. A wooden boat purse.

Cristi Silvester and Steve Thomas, an award-winning boat restorer, are the brains behind Cristi-Craft, a California-based company that creates handcrafted bow and stern handbags. Customers can select from several eras and styles, though the transom purse is the company's most popular offering. Each wooden "bag" can be finished with a custom stain, upholstery, waterline, number, and bottom paint to match a full-size boat. And each purse is finished with either a handle or a shoulder strap, depending on what the customer prefers.

Cristi-Craft says the purses, which start at around $500, make great gifts for wooden-boat enthusiasts and/or the wives of said devotees. I say they certainly rank as one of the more striking "boaty" accessories I've seen as of late.

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