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.
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.
Matt has been submitting his projects to our newsletter for years, as much as Matt is a gifted luthier he has finished his schooling and as a recent law school grad is heading north. Good luck Matt & Keep in touch!!!
This guitar has a western maple body and neck with and an ebony fretboard and knobs. Western maple makes up the interval dots on the fretboard.
Oil and poly hybrid finish.
If you don’t know by now, this will seal it. Boats run in the blood of the Nielsen’s and Lars ran true to form launching his first home-build, a Bartender in 1997; built in big brother’s backyard with a little help from dad.