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The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats

At the encouragement of friends, Jan and I visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at South Lake Union (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.  This was a quiet Sunday morning; chilled by the previous evening’s dusting of snow and yet, it is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit.

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“Puddleduck” Launch in 1984

“Puddleduck” Launch in 1984

In 1980, while pregnant with our first daughter, Jan started the lofting process for Puddleduck. She was a 21.5’ Howard Chappelle hull and Bill Garden topside; launched in 1984.  The young gentlemen on the sailboat are two fellows we hosted for 3-months through Canada World Youth.  This non-profit organization pairs Canada with a partner country; spending 3-months in both countries.  Participants live with host families, taking part in unique opportunities as a volunteer; discovering other cultures; learning another language.  Our token Canadian is Lloyd; Our Philippine friend is Greg.  We still keep in touch with Greg.

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Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

Dear Deer: Go Away – Come Again Another Day

We have a never-ending battle with the deer.  Lucy I managed to keep them at bay.  Lucy II didn’t bat an eye and they knew it.  We have a lovely little gateway entrance to our backyard, and over the years, we’ve tried all manner of fencing and barriers for both the deer and rabbits.  Recently, I thought Jan came up with a very clever ‘wood’ solution to repel the deer that is in keeping to the design:  Mid-century meets Asian Infusion.

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