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Today’s podcast is an interview with Brant Lodge of the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle,WA. Brant is the field trip coordinator specializing in Native American maritime culture and heritage. Brant is also learning to become a master canoe carver, and has been involved in numerous open water canoe expeditions in the Northwest.

Click on the green player button above to listen to Brant’s  personal journey and his work at the Center for Wooden Boats.

Pics to enjoy:

Brant next to dugout canoe project. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Brant next to dugout canoe project. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Dugout Canoe

The dugout canoe is taking shape. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Brant Dowsing Canoe

Thanks for doing the interview Brant.  I wish you the best at the CWB!

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Today’s podcast is Part 2 (HOWB 134 was Part 1) of an interview with Jon Wilson - founder of the WoodenBoat in Brooklin, ME. WoodenBoat is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. That is truly amazing – congratulations to Jon and the whole crew at WoodenBoat!

In today’s interview, Wilson discusses the last 3 decades at WoodenBoat and his work at Just Alternatives - a non-profit he founded to facilitate VOD (Victim Offender Dialogue).

Click on the green player button above to listen to Jon’s fascinating journey at WoodenBoat.

Pics to enjoy:

Jon at WoodenBoat HQ, Brooklin, ME - 1981. Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson.

Jon at WoodenBoat HQ, Brooklin, ME – 1981. Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson.

Jon's 33' Concordia yawl - Free Spirit.  Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson.

Jon’s 33′ Concordia yawl – Free Spirit. Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson.

Thanks for doing the interview Jon.  I wish you the best with the next decade at WoodenBoat!

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Today’s podcast is Part 1 (HOWB 135 is Part 2) of an interview with Jon Wilson - founder of the WoodenBoat in Brooklin, ME. WoodenBoat is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. That is truly amazing – congratulations to Jon and the whole crew at WoodenBoat!

In today’s interview, Wilson discusses his growing up years in Rhode Island with summers in the Thimble Islands; when and how he started boating and getting interested in wooden boats; and the first 10 years of WoodenBoat magazine.

Click on the green player button above to listen to Jon’s fascinating journey at WoodenBoat.

Pics to enjoy:

Jon at WoodenBoat HQ (Jon's house) in 1975 with Margy Page (employee #2) in the background. Photo courtesy of Craig Milner.

Jon at WoodenBoat HQ (Jon’s house) in 1975 with Margy Page (employee #2) in the background. Photo courtesy of Craig Milner.

At the launching of the Washington County Peapod in the Summer of 1973. The last boat Jon built - "the one that caused me to start WoodenBoat". Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson

At the launching of the Washington County Peapod in the Summer of 1973. The last boat Jon built – “the one that caused me to start WoodenBoat”. Photo courtesy of Jon Wilson

Thanks for doing the interviewJon.  I wish you the best with the next decade at WoodenBoat!

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Dick Wagner – founder of the Center for Wooden Boats, and Aislinn Palmer – director of the 38th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle, WA on July 4-6, 2014.

I peppered Dick with questions about how and why the very first festival was started in 1976, who attended, how many boats were there, did they intend to make it an annual event, and on and on. It was fascinating to hear why it’s always been July 4th weekend, how the toy boat project started, and concerns about the cost of having enough toilet paper for the festival :D

After talking with Dick, the conversation turned to Aislinn who grew up around boats in Maine, and has been directing the festival for 3 years. According to Aislinn, this year’s event will be quite different from the prior 2 years as the footprint of the festival will be smaller and more personal, and Seafair will have their venue separately.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews with Dick and Aislinn and learn about 38 years of Festival Life.

Pics to enjoy:

Boats at the 2013 Festival. Photos courtesy of Wooden Boat Dan

Boats at the 2013 Festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

Both small and large boats graced the 2103 festival. Photos courtesy of Wooden Boat Dan

Both small and large boats graced the 2103 festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

A Lake Union Dream Boat at last year's festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

A Lake Union Dream Boat at last year’s festival. Photos by Wooden Boat Dan

 

Thanks for doing the interviews Dick and Aislinn.  I wish you both the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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Today’s podcast is an interview with Jim Miller – President, General Manager and Publisher of WoodenBoat in Brooklin, ME.

Jim grew up in Rhode Island and played a lot of sports as a youth. He participated in some boating activities but the goal was mainly to catch fish and have fun.

After obtaining his business degree and working for a few years, Miller spotted a classified ad (in 1985) – WoodenBoat was looking to hire a Business Manager. Jim didn’t know anything about WoodenBoat, but he was living in Maine, so he interviewed for the position and was hired. At the time, he owned a center console fiberglass boat. He soon came to love wooden vessels and has since purchased and built several.

Miller owns a 1984 Bolger PowerCruiser – Blackbird. She was built by Onion River Boatworks in North Hero, VT and continues to “turn heads” cruising around Maine’s waters (see pictures below).

Jim and I also discuss highlights of the 23rd Annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, CT – June 27-29, 2014.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Jim.

Pics to enjoy:

Jim and spouse on their 24' Phil Bolger designed powerboat. She's a beaut! Photo courtesy of Jim Miller.

Jim’s 24′ Phil Bolger designed powerboat. She’s a beaut! Photo courtesy of Jim Miller.

Jim on a "Cocktail Racer"

Jim on a “Cocktail Racer”. Photo courtesy of Jim Miller.

Thanks for doing the interview Jim.  I wish you both the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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You can also write comments on this blog, email me at Dan@Hookedonwoodenboats.com, call my feedback hotline at 424 261-2360, or leave a voice message from your computer.

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