Richard Warren, Timber Dinghy Bookcase

L. Francis Herreshoff (1890 – 1972) was  best known for ‘Sensible Cruising Designs’.

His clean sweeping lines and simplicity of hulls and rigs have been recognized by many devoted yachtsmen over the years.  Herreshoff  stripped away every non-essential, leaving  only the true elements of artistic perfection, a sea going ‘masterpiece’.   Richard Warren, an avid yachtsmen himself was intrigued and began to research Herreshoff’s designs in more detail

(Sensible Cruising Designs, published in 1973) .  Richard studied the Table of Offsets for Herreshoff’s dinghy which was originally designed for his 36ft ketch,  drew up his own set of plans and embarked on a creative journey to build it.  He also designed  a stand to enable it to sit upright on its end as a bookshelf, a true Collector’s Piece and a tribute to L. Francis Herreshoff that could be used, admired and enjoyed off the water!

A beautiful mix of timber, devoted craftsmanship and countless hours… the images below show the work in progress and  some of the detailed elements in various stages of construction.

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*Painted underside, 9 coats create the perfect seal and give depth of character.

*Brass Distance Pieces enable vision to side frames & timber shelves that boast 9 coats of specifically mixed Pure Tung Oil and Marine Varnish Finisher.   *Copper Boat Rivets.


Standing upright, the dinghy becomes a collectable sea-going bookcase, a unique display case for books, maps and maritime collections…

Dimensions: 8ft in Length, 3ft 9” Beam (not including stand)


The dinghy is built using a range of specific timbers..

The base:  Two Layers of British Marine Ply

Side: One Layer of British Marine Ply

Floor: New Zealand White Pine, Brass Fastenings

Frame: Tasmanian Oak, Brass Screws

Bow & Stern Transom: Solid Tasmanian Oak

Knees: Jointed Douglas Fir

Rub Rail: Licensed Rainforest Hardwood

Seats & Shelving: Old Growth Queensland Cedar