HOWB 049 – SCAMP CAMP, Part 1: Interview Scott Jones, Boat Shop Manager at NW Maritime Center, Wooden Boatright, SCAMP Pro!

by admin on August 23, 2012



This episode is an interview with Scott Jones recorded during the August 2012 SCAMP CAMP at the NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA.   I had met Scott on previous outings to Port Townsend, but never had the opportunity to sit down with him and get the inside scoop on his passion for wooden vessels.  This interview was on the 4th day of the 2 week SCAMP CAMP where an eclectic group of ambitious folks from as far away as Germany, gathered to build 10 SCAMP’s with help from Scott, John Welsford (designer), Howard Rice (small boat adventurer) and others.  Scott was the lead instructor for the CAMP, having overseen the building of the first SCAMP prototype in the fall of 2010.   (And the prototype turned out beautiful – see pics in HOWB 048)

Scott grew up in Olympia, WA and loved to fish from drift boats.  He learned advanced carpentry skills  from his talented father, and at a young age was tackling woodworking projects with enthusiasm.  Soon after being married, Scott posed this question to his bride – “What if I build boats?”.  The rest is history as they say!

Scott attended the NW School of Wooden Boat Building and after graduating in 2009 went to work for the NW Maritime Center on multiple wooden boat builds (Caledonia Yawl, Townsend Tern to name a couple).  Scott is now the Boat Shop Manager and doing a fabulous job!

Listen to the full interview with Scott including details about the popular SCAMP CAMP, by clicking on the green button above.

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

Wooden Boat Dan interviewing Scott Jones for HOWB 049.


SCAMP students receiving instruction on Day 4 of CAMP.


SCAMP partially assembled. Mostly built from Okoume plywood.  Howard Rice in background checking his notes.


SCAMP is like a big jig saw puzzle. I want one!!!


Thanks Scott for taking time for the interview.  Best to you with your designs and boats!


WOODEN BOAT TIP OF THE WEEK – #2. Use the Best Materials Available

When building or refurbishing a wooden boat, budget for and buy the best available materials.  By doing so, your boat will last longer, require less maintenance, and look better!

Case in point: I am building a 12′ lapstrake canoe out of a knock off version of Okoume 1088 plywood.  This stuff costs about 1/2 the price of the true BS 1088 plywood – so I saved about $100.  5 years from now if the hull fractures where there is a void in the plywood (yes this stuff had a few voids – the real stuff doesn’t) and I have to repair it, I will be kicking myself that I didn’t spend the extra $100 to do it right the first time.    The same theory applies to paints, varnishes, epoxies, and other supplies – if it costs a lot less, you are usually getting a lot less!  Think of your wooden vessel as an heirloom that will last many generations if properly cared for – BUY THE BEST MATERIALS.

I just read this great article by Brion “Why wood?  Elegance’s burden”  on the benefits of owning and maintaining a wooden vessel.  Check it out here: Brion Toss Article.  This article was written in 1987 – nice job Brion!


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

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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