HOWB 046 – Interviews: Jeff Sayler, Wooden Boat Builder and Restorer; Bruce Hebler and Linda Wolf, Proud Owners 1932 Wooden Gillnet Boat

by admin on August 2, 2012



On July 15th, I attended the Annual Maritime Heritage Festival in St. Helens Oregon.  It was a really fun festival with a wide range of traditional vessels of all sizes and shapes including the Steamboat Portland, a wooden PT Boat 658, and other fun boats.  This is a really fun show that I recommend you put on your calendar for next July!  Two of the interviews I did that day are included in this podcast.

The first interview is with Jeff Sayler of Firehouse Boatworks in Portland, OR.  Jeff attended a wooden boat program in Maine as a young lad and from there steadily developed his wooden boat building and restoration business.   Jeff is one creative dude whose resume includes building a bamboo cargo bike (see pic below), restoring the Kaleta (see HOWB 034) and other fun stuff.

The second interview is with Bruce Hebler and Linda Wolf of Portland, OR.  Bruce and Linda have owned the M.S. Wolfe – a ’28 Gillnet wooden boat built in 1932 – for more than 2 decades.  They have completely rebuilt her from the garboard up and she is one beautiful rig.  Listen to the podcast to hear the history of how these gillnet boats were used on the Columbia River for several decades not only for fishing but for dating, transportation, and other life activities.

Listen to the full interviews by clicking on the green button above.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):


Jeff Sayler on his own design bamboo cargo bike.


Jeff Sayler’s bamboo cargo bike – designed and built by Jeff. This is one cool rig with cable steering.


Bruce and Linda’s 28′ Bow Picker Gillnet boat – built 1932 by Blix Brothers.


M.S. Wolf – 1932 Bow Picker

Thanks Jeff and Bruce & Linda for taking time for the interviews.  Best to you with your boats!


UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)

August 4 – Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding 31st Anniversary Celebration (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

August 6-17 – Build Your Own SCAMP microcruiser (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

August 11 – La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show – La Conner, WA

August 25-26 – 2012 Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show – Toledo, OH

August 25-26 – 20th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest – Tacoma, WA

Aug 31 – Sept 2 – 39th Annual Harbor Days – Olympia, WA

September 1-4 – Small Craft Skills Academy – Port Townsend, WA (see website for other locations)

September 2-4 – 34th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada

September 3-5 – 11th Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA

September 7-9  – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA

Note:  If you have events you would like added to the calendar, please email me at



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