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Memories Dept. – the check that kicked off my boatbuilding

One more on checks I turned up during our clean-out. Here is the check I wrote to the late Harold “Dynamite” Payson for the building manual for my first boat, the Gloucester Light Dory. Pretty momentous purchase right there.

If anyone is looking to build this great boat, Payson’s book is invaluable. Just get [...]

Support a boatbuilder and rower’s quest to defeat autism

As a father of a child afflicted with autism and as a avid supporter of boatbuilding and boat adventures I was in love with news in Chesapeake Light Craft’s e-newsletter today of a great new voyage. Neil Calore is a Philadelphia firefighter who built a CLC Northeaster Dory as part of a CLC class last [...]

’round the blogs – great stuff from elsewhere in the traditional boat blogosphere

It has been far too long (we do I always find myself starting this way? SIGH) since we here at Chine bLog highlighted the great posts others have offered the world regarding wooden / traditional boats. Yes, believe it or not, Chine bLog is NOT the only source. Really. It’s true. If you haven’t discovered [...]

Catching up with the traditional boat blogosphere – recent stuff from some peers

I have so engaged in designing and building that I haven’t been on the computer as much in the PMs. I have clearly been missing out on what some of our traditional boat peeps have been putting up. In case you missed it directly, here is some stuff to check out:

Indigenous Boats Bob over [...]

Nice recent piece on drift boats

Those who fly-fish (I don’t) and want to do it like the classy folk of the American West should check out this nice piece from Vida, Oregon about the McKenzie River Wooden Boat Festival. The piece quotes “class” expert Roger Fletcher, who I wrote about a couple years back:

The combination of beauty and usability [...]

The Center for Wooden Boats – Part 1: Sailing the Cape Ann Dory Q’ONA

I was in Seattle for business last week, which allowed me to make a pilgrimage to the Center for Wooden Boats, a place so cool I cannot contain it to a single post, nor even two. In fact, friends, a roughly two-and-a half-hour visit gave me four interesting posts to lay out for you. [...]

Cuttyhunk for Memorial Day – boats, but no boating

I got out to Cuttyhunk Island for Memorial Day to open the house there. No boats to play with, but I did get a chance to snap a few pics. Enjoy!

Happy birthday Lowell’s Boat Shop!

Nice article in the Newburyport (MA) Daily News on Lowell’s Boat Shop, which turns 215 – that would be two hundred and fifteen years old – on May 5. Not impressed yet? Chew on this: This makes it the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the U S of A. Not yet? The founder, [...]

Roger Fletcher and the river boats of the American West

There is logic to this, but I won’t get into it. Suffice it to say that I had recently been thinking about the wooden dories and river boats indigenous to the American West. I don’t know much about these boats and have never been in one, so I don’t think about them much (of [...]

The Wooden Dory – another blog in the family

I ran across a new (to me) blog in our little circle: “The Wooden Dory – Dedicated To The World’s Best Wooden Boat”. It is small and gets infrequent attention, but I hope that will improve. Time was when I would have backed the subtitle wholeheartedly, at least for small boats. My tastes have now [...]