HOWB 022 – Bruce Blatchley building 62′ wooden sloop “Sliver”

by admin on February 16, 2012



Interview – Bruce Blatchley, instructor NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding
This week I interviewed master shipwright and instructor Bruce Blatchley.  Bruce spent a lot of time on the water in canoes as a kid on the east coast.  After high school, military service, college, mountain guiding, rock climbing, and building houses, he turned his attention to wooden boats.  He first attended the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, then worked locally in the trade fine tuning his skills.  A few years later, he was back at the school as an instructor heading up the school’s “Contemporary Boat” program.

Bruce is overseeing the School’s building of a ’62 wooden sloop “Sliver” designed by Bob Perry of Seattle, WA.  The hull is strip planked red cedar with a triaxial fiberglass cloth in marine epoxy overlay.  The sloop is being built for a private party and is designed to be fast and easy to single hand – she is a beaut and expected to be launched this year!

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

Bruce Blatchley (left), Pete Leenhouts (right) and Randy (student in back) at stern of "Sliver"



Sliver hull being sheathed inside with triaxial cloth


62' of 1" x 1.5" strip planked red cedar at the core of the Sliver hull

Deck mould construction.


Listener Feedback and Comments:
Thanks Anders Swerke for your kind email from Poland and a link to your blog.  Good luck on you Welsford Walkabout boat.

Congrats to Tug Buse for being featured starting on page 64 of  Wooden Boat Magazine # 225, hot off the press.  And thanks to Pete Leenhouts (Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building) for being my personal tour guide this week in Port Townsend!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

February 17, 2012

Awesome article!
I just have one comment… The pic of Pete and Bruce is at the stern!


February 17, 2012

Oops – I will fix that. Thanks Cooper!


April 15, 2012

Thank you Dan for the great interview and the energy you put in to making it all come together.



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