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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 […]

The Tuesday 207 Is Back!

painting and text by Jessica Ives Today I’m launching the new format my Tuesday 207 Painting sales will take with…a launching! In late November nine apprentice boat builders from The Carpenter’s Boat Shop hauled two newly built Monhegan Skiffs to the town landing in Round Pond. Each cedar vessel contained within its fair curves months of work and […]


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?

Tuesday 207

painting by Jessica Stammen My husband tells me that there’s a saying in boat building: “Leave it as long as you can, for as long as you can.” At The Carpenter’s Boat Shop they leave their transoms long until the sides of a vessel are fastened. Then they bend a batten and shape the transom into […]

Tuesday 207

painting by Jessica Stammen It’s golden hour at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine. The afternoon light illuminates the space between Jonathan and Will as they fit the stern thwart in a Monhegan Skiff. One more hour of work before the day is done. Two more weeks of work until the skiff is done. […]

Skiff Launching!

photographs by The Carpenter’s Boat Shop On Friday, November 15, apprentices at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop launched their first two group-built Monhegan skiffs in Round Pond.

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