HOWB 061 – Interview Part 2 of 2: John Lockwood, Self Confessed “Wilderness Freak”, Wooden Boat Guru, Founder Pygmy Boats.

by admin on November 15, 2012


Today’s podcast is Part 2 of my interview with John Lockwood, founder and owner of Pygmy Boats in Port Townsend, WA.  If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of the interview, I recommend you start there first by clicking on

In Part 2 of the interview, John talks about how he excelled as a computer programmer for 12 years (although it drove him crazy to be indoors all that time), and programmed the first commercially available Plate Expansion Software for “developable surfaces”.  He also got the bug big-time to blend his passions and skills together to start a business where he was in control.  The result was the 1986 birth of  Pygmy Kayaks (now Pygmy Boats) –  a stitch and glue boat kit business in Port Townsend.   Pygmy Boats offers a large selection of kayaks kits to choose from in addition to a canoe and WineGlass Wherry kit.

To listen to Part 2 of the interview, click on green player button above.

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

John Lockwood founder/owner of Pygmy Boats sewing up one of his stich and glue boats. Photo courtesy of


Pygmy kayaks out for an adventure! Photo courtesy of John Lockwood.


John paddling British Columbia – beautiful shot! Photo courtesy of


Wooden Boat Wilson – my trusty wooden boat helper!


Thanks John for taking time for the interview.  Your story is fascinating!  Best to you and your Boat Business!

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