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Boatbuilding at the Center of the Dory Universe

Building the McKenzie River Dory at Lowell's Boat Shop. Two three-day weekends, November 11–20 Instructors: Cricket Rust and Brad Dimock Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachussetts is the oldest working boatshop in the country and the birthplace of the iconic Grand Banks Dory. There is no more fitting or magical [...]

April 6th, 2022|News|

Oh Wow! Wheee!

All of a sudden the Owyhee River went from way too low to just right. But probably not for long. Cricket and I loaded up a Doryak and a Tandori, grabbed RJ and his Doryak in Boulder City, and sped north across Nevada. Which is a very long, tall state. [...]

April 6th, 2022|News|

Boatman’s Holiday

Vladimir takes drop shadows to the next level as we finish Duwamps. #vksigns rules! And with the paint barely dry we heap nine boats on the trailers and head for the San Juan River. We unload at sunset and spend an evening rousing a lot of rabble. Rock Lobster gets [...]

March 13th, 2022|News|

Double Chubble

Fretwater Boatworks is featured in this month's Arizona Highways in a beautiful story by Larry Cheek, with wonderful photographs by Dawn Kish. Grab a copy while it's still on the stands. With the Tandoris finished we wasted no time in launching into the next pair of boats. A few years [...]

March 2nd, 2022|News|

Rock Lobster

Catch up time again. My college pal Larry brought in his old Tatman drift boat, Josie. We tried to save his original floor and chines a few years back but it was in vain. A subsequent adventure with the bottom of the river sealed its fate. Time for a new [...]

March 2nd, 2022|News|

The Contagion Spreads: Raindog Boatworks

Justin Gallen made the mistake of walking into my shop a few years ago and ended up with a tool in his hands and a few years of apprenticing in our eclectic shop. During that time we designed the Doryak, our popular little one-man dory based on the lines of [...]

February 25th, 2022|News|

Tandori Number One: Vaquita

About a year ago we drew up a new variation on our wee Doryak--a two-man version Cricket dubbed the Tandori. Our friend Brin, who commissioned the Diamond Desert dory we built last year, wanted number one. The day before we began his build, we knocked together a prototype hull--for a [...]

January 29th, 2022|News|

A flurry of boat projects

Bad blogger boy is back, trying to catch up once again. You see the workday in the shop begins before I'm conscious enough to write. And the workday often ends in chaos, our obsessions dragging into the evening and blending into happy hour(s). But today we're between projects, so I'll [...]

January 29th, 2022|News|

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Boatbuilding at the Center of the Dory Universe

Building the McKenzie River Dory at Lowell's Boat Shop. Two three-day weekends, November 11–20 Instructors: Cricket Rust and Brad Dimock Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachussetts is the oldest working boatshop in the country and the birthplace of the iconic Grand Banks Dory. There is no more fitting or magical [...]

April 6th, 2022|News|

Oh Wow! Wheee!

All of a sudden the Owyhee River went from way too low to just right. But probably not for long. Cricket and I loaded up a Doryak and a Tandori, grabbed RJ and his Doryak in Boulder City, and sped north across Nevada. Which is a very long, tall state. [...]

April 6th, 2022|News|

Boatman’s Holiday

Vladimir takes drop shadows to the next level as we finish Duwamps. #vksigns rules! And with the paint barely dry we heap nine boats on the trailers and head for the San Juan River. We unload at sunset and spend an evening rousing a lot of rabble. Rock Lobster gets [...]

March 13th, 2022|News|

Double Chubble

Fretwater Boatworks is featured in this month's Arizona Highways in a beautiful story by Larry Cheek, with wonderful photographs by Dawn Kish. Grab a copy while it's still on the stands. With the Tandoris finished we wasted no time in launching into the next pair of boats. A few years [...]

March 2nd, 2022|News|

Rock Lobster

Catch up time again. My college pal Larry brought in his old Tatman drift boat, Josie. We tried to save his original floor and chines a few years back but it was in vain. A subsequent adventure with the bottom of the river sealed its fate. Time for a new [...]

March 2nd, 2022|News|

The Contagion Spreads: Raindog Boatworks

Justin Gallen made the mistake of walking into my shop a few years ago and ended up with a tool in his hands and a few years of apprenticing in our eclectic shop. During that time we designed the Doryak, our popular little one-man dory based on the lines of [...]

February 25th, 2022|News|

Tandori Number One: Vaquita

About a year ago we drew up a new variation on our wee Doryak--a two-man version Cricket dubbed the Tandori. Our friend Brin, who commissioned the Diamond Desert dory we built last year, wanted number one. The day before we began his build, we knocked together a prototype hull--for a [...]

January 29th, 2022|News|

A flurry of boat projects

Bad blogger boy is back, trying to catch up once again. You see the workday in the shop begins before I'm conscious enough to write. And the workday often ends in chaos, our obsessions dragging into the evening and blending into happy hour(s). But today we're between projects, so I'll [...]

January 29th, 2022|News|

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