HOWB 009 – Interview with Rich Kolin who was mentored by John Gardner and Pete Culler

by admin on November 17, 2011



Rich Kolin Interview – Wooden Boat aficionado!
This week I interviewed Rich Kolin who lives on Camano Island, WA.  Rich began building boats as a young lad in California under the tutelage of influential builders and designers John Gardner and Pete Culler.  Eventually he moved to the northwest where he continued to hone his boat building and designing skills, began teaching classes and wrote several books.  Oh, and did I mention he learned the art of carving along the way!  This is one talented dude – be sure and listen to the interview (click on green player button above)!   Here’s some pictures of Rich’s work (click on picture to enlarge):

Reproduction fishing skiff Rich built for CAMA beach fleet.



Oars Rich carved by HAND!


Rich designed the "Heidi Skiff" and wrote a book on how to build it!


Rich designed Catherine and wrote this book.


Native American paddle Rich hand carved!


You can reach Rich at 360 659-5591 or email him at

 Listener Questions and Other
Bryan Hansen called in a question LAST WEEK: “Where do I get my hands on a copy of the History Channel video – THE BIG BUILD – which documents Jay Smith building a 21′ Viking long boat?” Bryan – I can’t find it.  CAN ANYONE HELP WITH THIS??????

Next Week – Suprise!
Don’t miss my show next week?  I promise it will be a doosey…… Come back next Thursday for more!

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