HOWB 018 – Interview Rivers West Small Craft Center president Chuck Stuckey

by admin on January 19, 2012



Interview: Chuck Stuckey, Rivers West
In 1984, under the inspiration of the late author, educator, and waterway explorer Sam McKinney, RiversWest opened its doors in Portland, OR and  began to offer camaraderie, classes, and cheap boatbuilding space in a large shed near the Willamette River at Oaks Park. In 2006, RiversWest realized its longtime dream of an on-the-water location and moved to Pier 99 on the North Portland Harbor channel of the Columbia River.

Chuck Stuckey is now the president of Rivers West.  Their mission is to promote the use of small sustainable craft that can be rowed, paddled or sailed, and are environmentally friendly.

I met with Chuck to discuss his background with wooden boats, and why a bunch of (mostly) retired guys gather in a cold shop to have donuts and coffee, and commiserate over epoxy, okoume plywood, and bronze castings.  Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Bob & Chuck next to Marietta Skiff in for repairs



CLC double kayak hull being taped and filleted


Rolling the "Hal Templeton"


If you’d like to contact Chuck, his email is  Thanks again Chuck for taking the time to meet with me!!!

Next Week – Tune in for the “Surprise” episode, you won’t regret it!

Listener Emails.
Thanks to Dave Harring (building Yost Sea Bee), Mike Gordon (rebuilding 1940 Monk tri-cabin), and John Mann (starting John Gardner’s 14′ semi-dory) for emailing me with project info and pics!

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