Sovann’s “Sailing Ship” (WOD 2106 #15)


Sometimes (c’mon, you all know you do it) you buy an origami book because you desperately want to fold a single piece that’s in it. I’m an avid sailor, so when I saw this piece by Gérard Ty Sovann and the book it was from on Nicolas Terry’s website,, that was that. This one did such a nice job of capturing the feel of a boat, including a clever curve to the jib, and overall just got a lot of the shape and details right.

Tmfpp_9782955648902_origamigourmandhe book, published by the French origami society, MFPP (Mouvement Français des Plieurs de Papier) is Origami Gourmand: “Vous plierez bien un peu de tout?” (I think the title means “Will you fold a little of everything?” although there’s a possibility of a pun or some other contextual meaning that I’m missing.) ISBN: 9782955648902. In addition to this cool ship, there are many interesting pieces in the book, by a variety of designers who we in the U.S. don’t often get to see.

This is my 15th fold for World Origami Days 2016. What are you folding?





5 responses to “Sovann’s “Sailing Ship” (WOD 2106 #15)

  1. This is absolutely beautiful! My grandfather was an avid sailor as well and I would love to make this for him. He passed away last year and I want to be able to make this for his ash spreading this summer. Is there any chance I could get the instructions for this? It would mean the world to me, thank you.

  2. Hello! Thank you for sharing this beautiful design! I absolutely agree that the design got the details so elegantly right. I would really love to do this myself, but I can’t find where to purchase the book you’ve referenced. Would you be able to help me find where to purchase it, or even send copies/photos of those selected pages?

  3. My mistake! I just saw the link to the website where you bought the book, and it is still in stock. All set!

  4. Hi Anne,
    The shape of this ship really spoke to me, and I would really love to make it. I haven’t been able to find the book you referenced and it would mean so much to me if you would share the instructions! I would even love to buy the book from you if you were willing to part with it. Thank you!

  5. I regret that I cannot copy and share the instructions; beyond being not OK, copyright-wise, if I did so, I’d spend the rest of my days scanning and sending stuff to people. Sorry! I would check with the owner of the shop (link is in the blog entry) as to if/when they think the book will come back in print.

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