If there’s one thing that’s clear about 15-year-old Lucy Finkle, it’s that she loves the ocean.
The Scituate native loves long walks on the beach with her family, would rather vacation near water than in mountains or big cities and collects driftwood on her near-daily trips to Peggotty Beach and other spots in town. And now, she’s turning that material into maritime décor through her small business, Lucy’s Sails.
“I love arts and crafts and the ocean, so it just made sense,” she said. “I love going to the beach and this is kind of both of those things.”
Lucy has been using driftwood collected from local beaches and linen to make decorative sailboats on and off for several years, but dove deeper into the hobby when the quarantine started due to the coronavirus pandemic.
She goes on beach walks at least once a week – usually more – to collect supplies and then uses eyehooks, thread and a little creativity to craft the sailboats. It takes about two hours to make a boat, and she sells them primarily to fellow beach lovers.
“I mostly sell them in Scituate and other towns around here,” she said. “They look really good in beach houses.”
In her Scituate home, she has a small front room completely dedicated to her craft. Buckets of sticks, piles of driftwood and dozens of linen samples sit ready to be transformed and packed into gift bags or boxes, which she recently started branding with her very own Lucy’s Sails logo.
“It’s something I like to do for fun but it’s also nice to have a job and make money,” she said.
Over the last few months, Lucy said she’s sold 50 sailboats, and has been taking more and more custom orders on her website. She said she’s been asked to make larger pieces for table centerpieces, and has made boats small enough to be maritime Christmas ornaments.
When she’s not running her own small business, Lucy said she still spends her time on art. Her favorite disciplines are drawing, painting and sketching.
“It’s really satisfying and relaxing for me,” she said. “I like the feeling of finishing an art project and having it done in front of me.”
Lucy, who will start her sophomore year at Scituate High in the fall, also does gymnastics, plays field hockey and surfs.
Lucy sells her boats at the occasional farmers market, at Board 143 in Scituate and on her website, lucyssails.wixsite.com. They range in price from $10 to $30, depending on size.
Photos in this post were taken by the wonderfully talented Greg Derr. They were originally published in The Patriot Ledger.