Ventana Western Flyer Bookmark
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This bookmark is made from Douglas fir from the hull of the Western Flyer, considered by many to be the most famous fishing boat in the world. John Steinbeck, Ed "Doc" Ricketts and crew sailed this 77-foot sardine boat into the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico in 1940. The following year, Steinbeck published his book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, about the adventure. Learn more about this amazing boat and Ventana's use of its wood.
Some of the bookmarks even have a hole in them made by the original square nails used to affix the hull boards.
These reclaimed wooden bookmarks are handmade in Santa Cruz, California by Ventana's expert artisan, Martijn Stiphout. They include a piece of 500lb paracord left over from the production of Khordz Handmade Mugs and a Ventana hang tag made from Honduras mahogany offcuts from Santa Cruz Guitar Company production.
We donate 5% of profits from the sale of these bookmarks to the Western Flyer Foundation.
Head to the beach and read the Log to the Sea of Cortez. Don't have a copy? Select the purchase option that includes the book. And, if you're surfing and need a leash cord, use the included piece of paracord for exactly that purpose!
Thank you Ventana Surfboards for supporting the restoration of the Western Flyer by offering this terrific piece of history. The bookmark has a very nice finish, obviously these guys know and care about wood finishing. Simple but very cool artifact that carries the spirit of John Steinbeck. What could be better a bookmark made from the wood of Steinbeck and Doc Ricketts ship. Love it
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Very pleased with this bookmark! There is this amazing feeling reading Steinbeck while holding this piece of history... there is a connectedness. Though simple, you can feel the quality and craftsmanship that went into making this. Already bought another as a gift!
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