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Romancing the Carlotta

Romancing the Carlotta

In Italian, the meaning of the name Carlotta is an Italian form of Charles, meaning strong.

And indeed strength has followed Carlotta since her conception in 1899. She’s shown strength through her 118 years; there was “a daring World War II escape from Guernsey as the Germans were landing at the airport. She’d been laid over by hurricane force winds until the mast trucks were almost hitting the water…dropped four feet from a travel lift, towed by rowboat completely around Texada Island…in the 1970s she fell over on her beaching legs, smashing her port side frames in.”

Carlotta has also required the strength of her owners. More recently The Mohan’s who found pleasure and passion for 10 years, were ushered into personal heartbreak and tragedy leading to her to her most recent sale in 2014. The newest owners continued her restoration and contacted Abernethy Gaudin Boatbuilders in Brentwood Bay (Vancouver Island) British Columbia, Canada.

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Customer Projects Vol: 69

Customer Projects Vol: 69

Maple & Ebony Guitar

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.

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Tiger Moths, Sea Eagles and Passion

Tiger Moths, Sea Eagles and Passion

Over the years we’ve sold both Sitka Spruce and Douglas-fir to South Africa.  It’s a hotbed for tiger moth enthusiasts; both the climate and the leftovers of WWII have fueled this trend.

Noel and Val Otten were just such customers; nice folk that have kept in touch over the years.  In fact Noel is not in the best of health just now.  Our thoughts are with him and his family.  Get well Noel!!

Late last year I reached out to him wondering if he had any stories and/or photos that he’d mind sharing with our subscribers.  He kindly responded and volunteered his friend Gavin Michal also.

Firstly he gushes with such nice things about British Columbia.  Here’s what he said of his trip in 2008.

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Customer Projects: Vol.67

Customer Projects: Vol.67

Laminated Guitar by Matt Dolmage

Sold to a customer in Australia the eccentric piece is a solid sapele body with a laminate top of (from centre out) bubinga, cherry, figured sapele, ziricote, purpleheart, western maple, padauk, wenge, flame maple, and mahogany. The pickup rings and cavity cover are sapele, and the neck is (centre-out) bloodwood, eastern maple, walnut, cherry, and more bloodwood, with a purpleheart fretboard and maple interval dots.

PLUS the body and neck are finished with Oil Natura Project Oil with a top coat of Hard Wax Oil.

Visit Matt’s Etsy Store!

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Tony Grove – A Boatbuilder’s Perspective

Tony Grove – A Boatbuilder’s Perspective

Silva Bay Shipyard School – July 2016 – Photo by Jan Nielsen
Not so open any longer; the school has closed its doors and is the home to local businesses.

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A True Renaissance Man

After completing a four-year boatbuilding apprenticeship that started in 1980, Tony Grove honed his skills as a shipwright, specializing in wooden boat restoration/construction, boat interiors building and custom furniture design. This led him to instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island BC. Tony taught traditional Boatbuilding plus a course (the first of its kind) that he designed on Ship Cabinetry/Joinery. Tony eventually became the school’s head instructor; leaving the school in 2005 to spend time with his family, working for himself as a custom woodworker, boatbuilder, artist, writer and teacher. A true renaissance man!

With the Silva Bay Shipyard School closed, the circle has come full round with The Grove Woodworking School  tucked amongst the trees on beautiful Gabriola Island, B.C.  Courses and Workshops focus on woodworking skills and techniques for the marine environmentwith all skills being transferable to general woodworking. A few non-marine programs will be offered as well. Course material is designed principally for novices; those for advanced learners will be noted.

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