Text by Fola Akinnibi | Photo by Michael Ventura
This framed quote from the 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty summarizes Flaherty’s feelings about boats, even though he has never owned a real boat himself. It reads: “For a ship is the noblest of all man’s works—a cunning fabric of wood, and iron, and hemp, wonderfully propelled by wings of canvas, and seeming at times to have the very breath of life.”
This is a replica of a recruitment
poster used to get people to go to sea
in the 1700s. “The whole thing is just so
wonderful to me,” Flaherty says of the
struggles men faced at sea.
This is another client’s model of
the Flying Fish, which Flaherty
Flaherty is currently working on a client’s
model of the Flying Fish, a 19th-century
British Royal Navy ship. A spar, which helps
hold together the rigging, is broken. The job
shouldn’t be too difficult. “Once you do one,”
he says, “you can do all of them.”
Chuck Berry and Ray Charles are among the
artists Flaherty listens to in his workshop.
Music is an important part of his process,
even though he is so focused that he
sometimes doesn’t realize it’s playing.