I've been researching craft traditions in other countries and one of the oldest traditions is of course ship building. There have been ships as long as there have been people and one of the best know traditions are the ships that the Vikings built.
These look like shallow draft vessels, made by hand and in these vessels they sailed all over Europe and even across the northern Atlantic Ocean.
There is a replica being built in Norway and there is a YouTube video that discusses this construction and the historical element behind it.
Go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/robinturns#p/a/f/0/tnRXdmqZWqw. The craftsmanship in these old vessels is absolutely amazing.
And for those of you who have a bent for the unusual and the historical--I'll be talking about coracles soon!