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. Built in 1897 in Victoria, B.C., the 30-ft wooden sloop’s beautiful shape and heartbreakingly pure lines excited attention wherever she went. Currently undergoing a full restoration by shipwright and marine artist Tony Grove for the Maritime Museum of B.C. – which is also being documented for the film – the goal is to re-launch Dorothy in her home waters at the 2016 Victoria Classic Boat Festival, and see the 120-year old boat contend for her title as the oldest and fastest little wooden ship in the west!

The Film chronicles the lasting love affair between men and women and their vessels, the chemistry “between wood and water” and the 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 2017) 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.

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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’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.

Dot tees-4 colours2Meantime, if you want to support the film by purchasing a lovely Dorothysails T-shirt, you can do so via Paypal. Just email me and I’ll send you the info: 

Men’s Crewneck T-shirts $25 (Small, Medium, Large and X-Large) come in Navy, Blue Dusk, Indigo, Turquoise (limited) and long-sleeve $40 (Navy ONLY). Women’s V-neck, sported by Tobi Elliott below, $25 (Small-X-Large – slightly tighter fit and softer fabric) come in Navy ONLY. Shipping internationally for $10.00, in Canada $5.00.

ALL T-shirt proceeds go toward the production costs of BETWEEN WOOD AND WATER.


Happy Sailing, Tobi Elliott Tony Grove and the whole crew