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Get inspired at the Adventure Stage!

In 2022 Highlights, Festival Highlights

Header photo by Thomas Hawthorne We have an epic line-up of speakers on the new Adventure Stage across the harbor in the newly renovated Pygmy building. Some of the speakers on the Adventure Stage this year include: Karl Kruger The only stand-up paddleboarder who has finished the 750-mile Race to Alaska on a paddleboard. Karl is currently attempting to become …

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Building a batana: a symbol of Croatian heritage takes shape in Gig Harbor

In 2022 Highlights, Festival Highlights

Michael Vlahovich says “from design to construction, from launch to adventure, from maintenance to restoration, wooden boats are what maritime stories are made of.” A master shipwright, commercial fisherman, and Tacoma native, Mike has dedicated his career to the preservation of maritime heritage from the Chesapeake Bay to the Pacific Northwest. Now living in his father’s birth village of Sumartin, …

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Riptide

In 2022 Highlights, Festival Highlights

By Pete Leenhouts, owner RIPTIDE was built in 1927 by the Schertzer Brothers Boat and Machine Company, then located on the north shore of Lake Union near the foot of Stone Way in Seattle. She is planked in Port Orford cedar, copper riveted to white oak frames over an Apitong backbone with a marine plywood pilothouse and a western red …

Meet the Artist: Steven Dews

In 2022 Highlights

Bio Famed for his spectacular maritime paintings, Steven Dews is one of the most successful living maritime artists in the world. After graduating art school and returning to his childhood home, he turned to art to express his love for the sea. He studied photographs, reference books, model ships, and architectural drawings while producing hundreds of pencil sketches, becoming a …

Meet the Artist: Chris Witkowski

In 2021 Highlights, Uncategorized

Artist Statement Two years ago, when the Wooden Boat Festival team and I were brainstorming a concept for the 2020 Festival, little did we know that the image I created would be even more perfect for this year’s Festival. With research, we knew there were female ship captains in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and we decided to …

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Feeling the love

In 2021 Highlights

By Bruce Bateau When I pulled up to the customs dock on San Juan Island on a sunny September afternoon, I was feeling good. Over the past six weeks, I had traveled some two hundred miles down Vancouver Island, traversed five major rapids, and used mostly paper charts to do it. Now, I had completed the final major crossing of …

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Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op Turns 40

In 2021 Highlights

By Andy Gale As you walk the docks at this year’s Festival, take a look at the 83-foot schooner Destiny, the 44-foot sloop Inca, and 49-foot M/V Riptide—boats repaired or retrofitted by the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op. A Unique Business Model in Marine Trades In 1981, a unique business ownership model in the marine trades arose when a few shipwrights …