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Grahame - Messing About in Boats Carving



Full Inscription: There is NOTHING-absolute nothing-half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. - Grahame

Origins: Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows contains this famous wisdom as uttered by the Water Rat. And yes, our beautiful and somewhat whimsical carving contains the correct wording uncorrupted by time and the manipulations of the possibly well-intended. (The word is indeed “absolute,” not “absolutely.” )

We paired Grahame’s writing with a distinctive letterform as created by another Englishman of the period, prominent artist and children’s book illustrator, Walter Crane.

We feel confident Ratty or Mole would thoroughly enjoy pulling on our beautifully carved oar, an essential piece of equipment well-recognized by anyone who has ever enjoyed boating in any form. Of course, this carving is fit for prominent display in Toad Hall itself — or any hall you may inhabit. It will serve as a distinctive and constant reminder of those most blissful and memorable days spent on the water.

Source: The Wind in the Willows, 1908

Recommended Finish: Our lighter toned Classic Oak finish works with many interiors and finishes and helps to create greater contrast to show off the many carving details of this piece to best advantage as well as helping to improve readability at greater distance.

Product Dimensions:  8" X 32" X 3/4"

Includes: Custom installation kit for wall display, installation instructions, Origins Story Card. (Plinth Base not included, but available separately.)

Charitable Category: A portion of the proceeds from this piece benefits Environmental programs.

Product SKUs:
Vintage Cherry, GTI-KG032-8-CV (Sorry, SOLD OUT)
Classic Oak, GTI-KG032-8-OC (Sorry, SOLD OUT)
Heritage Oak, GTI-KG032-8-OH (Only 1 remaining)

Product Copyright 2014 GTI, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Made in USA. Stock Photo Shown.

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