HOWB 086 – Interview | Andy Stewart of Emerald Marine Carpentry – Wooden Boat Shop

by admin on May 9, 2013



Today’s interview is with Andy Stewart, one of the owners of Emerald Marine Carpentry in Anacortes, WA.    Growing up, Andy’s dad was in the foreign service so the family lived overseas and moved frequently.  As a youth, Andy enjoyed woodworking and a limited amount of boating with family and friends.   He also remembers visiting his Great Great Uncle’s boat shop in Ilwaco WA.  In his teen years,  Andy landed at Bellevue (WA) high school and then attended the University of WA and Evergreen State College in Olympia WA. 

During Andy’s 18 years in Olympia, WA, he and his wife owned a T-Bird sailboat, a 36′ Yawl (Windsong – see pic below), and spent a lot of time sailing between south Puget Sound and Canada.  He also worked for the Rights of Man Boat Shop in Shelton, WA building large wooden craft under Carl Brownstein.

In the late 1990’s Andy and his family moved to Anacortes, WA to get to some “bigger water”.   And in 1999 Andy started Emerald Marine Carpentry to focus on his passion for wooden boats.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the full interview with Andy.

Check out this awesome video done at Andy’s shop:

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

Andy on the 36" band saw which is over 100 years old.

Andy on the 100+ year old 36″ band saw.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

1968 Grand Banks 36' cruiser in for work.  She is a beaut!

1968 Grand Banks 36′ cruiser – Moondance – in for work. She is a beaut!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan

Andy's 36' Yawl "Windsong".  Andy and his wife have owned her multiple times.

Andy’s 36′ Yawl “Windsong” in for new rudder. This is the second time Andy and his wife have owned her.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Thanks Andy for taking time out of you busy schedule to do the interview.  Best to you and everyone at Emerald Marine!

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