The owners and employees are craftsmen well versed in traditional boatbuilding methods & techniques. We incorporate modern tools & materials to provide the best possible combination of tradition & technology.
While he was working in San Francisco he chose to attend boatbuilding school to learn some basic woodworking skills, little did he know this would lead to an unending fascination and career working with wooden boats. He finished the apprenticeship program at Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in 2001 and has been working as a boat restorer ever since. In his fifteen plus years in restoration he has worked on over a hundred boats, from installing 2" thick bottom planking on the Minnehaha to replacing canvas on canoes. In addition to the many facets of boatbuilding, he has become expert at assessing the condition of wooden boats and estimating the cost to repair and restore them. Let him design a plan for your wooden boat.
Russell was raised on a strict diet of quartzite and granite on the shores of Lake Huron. He spent his youth exploring the islands and inlets of Georgian Bay. He began his boat repair career in 1995 in his father's marina and marine repair shop in Killarney, Ontario. After some travelling he found his home in Minneapolis and has been restoring wooden boats full time in the Twin Cities since 2004.
Theo has been a professional shipwright since 2003. In that time he has restored dozens of Chris Crafts and other runabouts. He is happy to share his wealth of knowledge about boat construction, and is always endeavoring to learn as much as he can from each new project or person that comes his way.
Before he came to work with us in early 2012 he worked for twenty years as a vioin maker and restorer for shops around the country. He brings the same skill and attention to detail to boat restoration as he did for musical instruments. He also has a background in cabinet and furniture making.
Was classically trained in traditional boatbuilding in Maine. He's been building and restoring wooden boats since 1995. In that time he's worked on boats of all shaped and sizes from 9' dingies to 100' schooners. He's worked in Maine, Connecticut, and Minnesota for a variety of shops, including his own business in Connecticut. All of these things have given him a wealth of experience that he enjoys using and sharing. He takes great pride in his work, weather it is painting, planking, or fine interior joinery.
After graduating from the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding in 1999, Andrew worked for legendary shipwright John Burns on San Francisco Bay. He then did new construction with GrandCraft in Holland, Michigan, before moving back home to Minnesota where he joined Mahogany Bay on Lake Minnetonka to do classic boat restoration. He believes in the maxim “Let the work teach you.” He learned his woodworking from talented craftsmen, and his finishing skills from mistakes and endless frustration.