17.07.10 by Jeff

Little Drifters

Introducing “Little Drifters”, our new project with The Vancouver Sun!

booooooom little drifters vancouver sun project

This project is open to people of all ages, students, lawyers, professional craft boat designers, “totally unartistic people”, bass-guitarists, wizards, cat-people, anyone who likes to have fun!

Here’s what you gotta do:

1. Gather some pieces of driftwood, twigs, leaves, berries, dandelions, pine cones, feathers, pretty much anything that can be considered “natural.” (No plastic, metal, or paper, etc.)

2. Build a little boat using only these natural materials!

3. Bring your boat and a camera to Trout Lake Park next Saturday, at 1 p.m. We’ll gather near the large dock at the north end of the lake off East 14th Ave near Victoria Dr.

4. Stick your boat in the water, give it a little push and snap a photo of it. We want photos of your creation floating in water!

5. Leave your boat in the water and go introduce yourself to other people who have also made boats. You might even choose to bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it. (I will be!)

6. E-mail your photo to: submit@booooooom.com with “Little Drifters” in the subject line. Look for it to appear in the Arts & Life section of The Vancouver Sun newspaper and of course there will be a gallery here!

7. We will award a prize for the best Little Drifter photo submitted!

IMPORTANT: This project is open to ANYONE, if you don’t live close to Vancouver and can’t meet up with us that’s OKAY! Find any body of water and take your photo there! Maybe you can organize a little picnic at a local park of your own! That would be amazing! Snap a photo of your “Little Drifter” and send it in along with the name of your city and the name of the park, pond, lake, whatever.

The deadline to email in your photos is Monday July 26th.

booooooom little drifters vancouver sun project

I want to give full credit to Lenny, whose creations were a big inspiration for this project! View his work here. He also had a little tip: “masts and sails don’t make them go faster, it just means you can see them for longer as they drift away.” Thanks again Lenny!

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Pooh Sticks by Lenny boats

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Brian

    Wonderful Jeff, just wonderful.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    thanks brian!

    ps – that little boat i made did not float so well otherwise there would be a photo of it floating haha, i am improving its design for next saturday – you may have to make several boats or several changes to the same boat before you have a winner!

    excited to see what you all come up with!


  • http://www.trademark-trademark.com Tim Lahan

    Cutest thing in the world.

  • Cauli

    Boat with feathers was cruel. I will make mine out of human hair and nails.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      you can of course pick feathers up off the ground! no need to pluck them off anybody!

  • Marta


    and such a clean water.. amazing

    beautiflull project! :)

  • http://www.fortysixthatgrace.blogspot.com Nikole

    so great!

  • Isaac

    I do this with trash all the time.

  • jotuff

    would you consider leather to be natural?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      essentially the idea works so that you’d be able to leave your little creation in the water without it being “littering” – you be the judge!

  • http://www.waynewebb.com wayne

    that last one with the white feathers is sick!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://daddygothisgunloaded.blogspot.com/ daddiesgun

    great! ..back in the days.

  • http://www.rolandbutter.blogspot.com Lenny

    Love your boat, Jeff. In life there will always be floaters and sinkers

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      i hope i make at least one floater!

  • sarah caitlin

    I love you jeff.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff


  • RvS

    I have sent a picture of my boat. It was a floater… for a couple of seconds :)

  • austinel

    those look awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Have you heard of the movie Flood Tide based on Swoon’s “Miss Rockaway Armada”? They need to raise fifteen hundred dollars in the next twenty four hours to finish it. Maybe with your internet powers you could post about the fundraiser and help them finish them film?


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  • http://thebeautyisrelentless.blogspot.com Cassandra

    This is so great! I’m confused about the meeting date though. Is it this Saturday, July 24th? Please let me know! Thanks!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      yes this saturday (tomorrow) july 24th! @ trout lake, 1PM

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  • Rhonda G

    Delightful projects!

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  • http://idekumiko.tumblr.com/ Kumiko Ide

    This is so brilliant! My friend Javas just told me about your project this morning, and I only wish that I’d known about it sooner.

  • http://bookmaniac.org Liz Henry

    I made a bunch of these at the Floating Festival (not-Ephemerisle) this weekend! Photos soon!

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  • http://bookmaniac.org Liz Henry

    Here’s one of mine!

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  • http://sirjorge.com/blogx sir jorge

    those are very interesting, and so simple, yet so amazing, i gotta try it out soon

  • http://www.lucianomello.com Luciano Mello

    Can I still submit ? O love those little Drifters…

  • margaret campbell

    I missed this but if you do it again please, please let me know by email

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  • http://www.lucianomelloishere.wordpress.com luciano Mello

    I end up doing my own : ) http://bit.ly/9W6k4V

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  • Nic Stage

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://mushroomadda.blogspot.com/ Raiyan

    Great project. I wish I had stumbled upon this page a couple of months ago.

  • anon

    i used to make nub versions of these when i was little

  • http://rucompatible.blogspot.com Pete

    the ship in the third picture is awesome. so is the water!

  • taNg

    a very creative idea indeed !!! astounding procedure to lure out the creativity amongst people ! bravo !!!

  • http://www.davidnh.com David Hardwick Photography

    Fun Idea and great pictures.

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  • http://www.tigerintellectual.com trademark

    awesome, great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  • Denis

    Its fun i like it ,try with a beetle, feet touching water

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