HOWB 129 – Interview | Pete Leenhouts, Exec. Director of NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Port Hadlock, WA

by admin on April 17, 2014

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Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Pete Leenhouts of Port Ludlow, WA who is the Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA.

Pete is a retired career U.S. Navy Officer, and was the Captain of a Wooden Mine Sweeper for several years. After retiring, Pete moved to the Port Townsend area, enrolled in the Boat School and took all three boatbuilding courses  – Contemporary Construction, Traditional Small Craft, and lastly Traditional Large Craft.

Pete has written numerous articles about and for the School, is an avid photographer (of wooden boats especially!) and before becoming the Executive Director, served on the Board of the School. Leenhouts is very passionate about the mission and purpose of the school and in his “spare” time, works on building a Bolger Clam Skiff in his garage at home.

Click on green player button above to listen to full interview with Pete about his wooden boat journeys.

Here’s some pics to enjoy:

15' Lake Oswego Boat - mold plug nearly complete. Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

15′ Lake Oswego Boat – mold plug nearly complete. Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

There are assembled molds for the Chamberlin 36 Sea Beast. WOW!! Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

These are the assembled molds for the Chamberlin 36 Sea Beast. WOW!! Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

28' Hanson Forest Service Boat being built at the school. She will be hardy and seaworthy. Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

28′ Hanson Forest Service Boat being built at the school. She will be hardy and seaworthy. Photo courtesy of Pete Leenhouts.

Thanks for doing the interview Pete.  I wish you the best with all your future wooden boat endeavors!

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