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How To Make A Sign

with Megan Lillie at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop photographs by Jonathan Ives

Building A Catspaw Dinghy

photographs by Jonathan Ives for The Carpenter’s Boat Shop

Tuesday 207: On Guard(rail)

painting by Jessica Ives A guardrail protects all the hard work of a boatbuilder. It is the last piece of wood to be fastened onto a Monhegan Skiff, but it will be the first piece to bump, rub, or scrape against a dock or another dinghy once it’s launched. The guardrail here is the last and most satisfying task for this new apprentice to finish before […]


photographs and text by Matthew Mychack Two months ago, I had no woodworking knowledge. I’m learning how to build boats, for free, for nine months, in Maine. Yesterday, I launched my first boat, a nine and a half foot cedar lapstrake Monhegan skiff. How’s that for fulfilling work?

Maine Farmland Trust