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Sunday, May 17, 2009

World Travels: QATAR

Labor of Love—Teak. Oak. Pine. Cotton fabrics. Nails. Dolphin oil. Axes. Saws. Chisels. It is a recipe as old as time. The recipe is simple, however, crafting the fishing and transport dhow is a labor of love, requiring thousands of man hours without a machine to be found. Everything is done by hand, from the shaping and sizing of the wings (which require exact and equal size and weight) to precisely affixing the external panels to the layering of the water resistant dolphin oil that guarantees generations of use for the intricate dhow.