Tips from a Shipwright
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         For the next project we would like to build a 23’ Rhode Island V-bottom work skiff designed by Louis Sauzedde. The skiff incorporates a “truss” bottom - a vee-shaped underbody built into a flat-bottomed hull. Read more about the skiff in WoodenBoat (no. 239) A Modern Traditional Boatbuilder - The long and innovative career of Louis Sauzedde


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  2. Video: Making with Modern Materials Roundtable

    Mastering the Craft 2014

    On August 15, 2014 IYRS held Making with Modern Materials, aroundtable in Newport, RI, the final event in the summer Mastering the Craft lecture series.

    The roundtable was moderated by innovator & author Richard Saul Wurman and featured Ping Fu (3D Systems), John Barnitt (MouldCAM USA), Richard Downs-Honey (Gurit), Matt Dunham (Clear Carbon & Components), Henry Elliot (IYRS School of Composites Technology), Ben Hall (Hall Composites) and Steve Nolet (TPI Composites).

  3. WoodenBoat Magazine - The Master Builder Video Series - Laminating frames with Louis Sauzedde


    WoodenBoat Magazine - Exclusive Videos - As part of WoodenBoat’s Master Shipwrights video series, shipwright Louis Sauzedde explains the intricacies of installing laminated frames during restoration. 
    Part 1 of 2. Subscribe to WoodenBoat Magazine to watch these exclusive videos.

  4. Photos: Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 in Bristol, Rhode Island feat. Herreshoff S boats

    Photos ©Halsey Fulton - Fish Hawk Films

    Watch our wooden boat building and sailing videos at Tips from a Shipwright


  5. Rocking the Boat - Bronx kids tap potential through boatbuilding

    Bronx, New York (CNN) — It started with a challenge Adam Green accepted almost 20 years ago. During a semester off from college, he was volunteering at a middle school in East Harlem.

    "The teacher there said he’d had this dream to build a boat with his kids, but had never had the time to do it," Green said. "(He) wondered if I wanted to take on the job."

    Green, who grew up in New York, knew nothing about building boats. But, armed with a set of plans and a bunch of salvaged wood, he and a group of students set out determined to build one. [CNN]

  6. Canoeroots Magazine - Nick Offerman | Inside the mind and woodshop of the A-list’s only canoe builder


    Canoeroots Magazine

    When asked how important facial hair is to being a good canoeist and outdoorsman, Offerman replies, “Incredibly important.” without missing a beat.

    "On the left hemisphere of my mustache I store beef tallow, which can provide calories if I should get lost or I can fashion a small cradle out of it. It’s great survival item," he deadpans, "On the right ride, I store a few ounces of epoxy resin, in two parts, so that if I am fishing for marlin and it should puncture my hull, using the whiskers and the resin, I can fashion a quick little fiberglass patch.

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    Tight fleet racing at the Opera House Cup Regatta with KESTREL a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31 sloop photo © @halseyfulton #FishHawkFilms

  8. Aerial video of STILETTO a Classic Wooden Torpedo Boat on Narrgansett Bay

    Fish Hawk Films was lucky enough to get some footage of the legendary STILETTO (1978) on Narragansett Bay. At 48’ long and with a beam less than 7’ wide, Stiletto is capable of running at up to 25 knots. This classic wooden rocket is based on the proportions of early US Navy torpedo boats. In 2011, Herreshoff Designs modified Stiletto for cruising on the East Coast and now she can usually be seen on the ICW between Bristol, Rhode Island and the west coast of Florida. The 250 BHP Yanmar engine burns only 4 gal/ hr at cruising speed so long distance cruising is very economical.

    Produced by Halsey Fulton [Fish Hawk Films]

    [Herreshoff Designs]

  9. STILETTO - Wooden Torpedo Boat on Narragansett Bay

    Photos ©Halsey Fulton - Fish Hawk Films

    Herreshoff Designs

  10. Herreshoff Marine Museum Lecture Series: Halsey C. Herreshoff on the Herreshoff Centennial Classes of 1914 July 24, 2014

    Halsey C. Herreshoff discussed three Herreshoff Centennial Classes of sailing yachts: the Newport 29, about the most winning class of any Herreshoff or other grouping; the Buzzard’s Bay 25, the favorite model of Halsey’s Grandpa Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff; and the legendary Buzzards Bay Boys Boats, later dubbed Herreshoff 12 1/2 Footers, the world’s first mass produced yachts of which 374 were built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Halsey spoke of the significant actions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing and its outstanding team that functioned so impressively in 1914, one of the most successful years in its history. Halsey speaks with remarkable insight from his naval architecture profession, four times America’s Cup champion experience, and from Herreshoff family lore passed on by his late father Sidney Herreshoff. [Herreshoff Marine Museum]