A cool boat from our good friend Steve. He dropped us this line about the history and the reasoning behind the Boat Eyes on this killer Woody.
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There is a long tradition in Southeast Asia of putting eyes on boats, to help them see danger and thus protect their passengers better.
These particular eyes were modeled after the eyes on the giant stupa, or prayer mound, in Kathmandu, Nepal, named Swayambhunath. They are said to be the eyes of the Buddha.
You can see more pics here:
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