Smith Video: Bottled History

Wednesday March 20, 2013 Written by smith

Our latest short film picks through the wood chips in volume six to tell the story of a craft honed over 60 years, and the man behind it.

"Bottled History" is the second film made by Smith and production studio Commoner, which brings certain characters in the mag off the page. It shares the talent of Sydney-based ship builder Ray Gascoigne who has been around boats his whole life as a shipwright and merchant seaman, and now builds intricate boats on the smallest dry dock there is: a bottle.

Ray's story unfolded slowly. His daughter Bron and son-in-law Dean contacted us last year about the possibility of telling Ray's tale, and it's an honour to feature his boats in Smith volume six. To make the film, Commoner's Mark Welker and Aaron Cuthbert spent three days in Ray's small apartment on the north coast of Sydney, discussing his work and capturing the process. 

Ray's full story is in Smith volume six, which is on shelves in Australia right now. You can purchase a copy here, find your closest stockist here, or subscribe here.

A film by Commoner.
Music by Ben Yardley.
Watch Smith's first short film: The Smokehouse