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BETWEEN WOOD AND WATER documents the restoration and history of Canada’s oldest functioning sailboat, Dorothy, a lovely, lucky sailboat who has fired the hearts and imaginations of British Columbians for well over a century. From the moment she slipped into the waters of Victoria’s inner harbour in 1897, the 30-ft wooden sloop, with her beautiful shape and heartbreakingly pure lines, excited attention wherever she went. Now, her contemporary restoration by shipwright and marine artist Tony Grove for the Maritime Museum of B.C. culminates in Dorothy‘s re-launch next fall in her home waters at the 2015 Victoria Classic Boat Festival and Race – a fitting and dramatic finale for the film, as the 117-year old boat contends for her title as the oldest and fastest little wooden ship in the west!

Capturing the spirit of craftsmanship and dedication that a wooden boat requires…
the drama of a restoration race against time…
the thrilling love relationship between ordinary Canadians and
an extraordinary vessel who captured their heart…
all set against a backdrop of maritime history

– this film is not to be missed!

The Film chronicles the lasting love affair between men and women and their vessels, and the chemistry and care that must go into keeping a wooden boat alive for 100 years. Produced by Tobi Elliott and Kate Bradford for Arise Enterprises, BETWEEN WOOD AND WATER (1 hr, est. release Spring 2016) will be available by digital download and by-demand screenings in your city, so we are actively looking to connect with those who want to see it. Sign up in the box on the right to stay informed. 

Get Involved: This project is being produced independently on a shoestring budget by professionals. We have so far fundraised over $8,500 for production hard costs, and have some support from the Canadian National Film Board of Canada (NFB). A big THANK YOU to all our wonderful supporters and those cheering us on! 

Dorothy in the Grove: To edit and polish this film, we still need to raise approximately $50,000. To that end, we’ll be offering an exciting new subscription service in partnership with Tony Grove’s The Grove Woodworking School. Details will be forthcoming on how you can access behind-the-scenes videos, audio interviews, exclusive photos and insight into Dorothy’s journey.

Happy Sailing, Tobi Elliott Tony Grove and the whole crew