Meet the Artist: Chris Witkowski

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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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S/V Tullamore

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S/V Tullamore came into my life in June 2020, passed on by Scott McEniry of Bellingham. Scott had recently tossed a brand new Yanmar into “Tully,” thank you Scott. My stewardship of her begins with some additions/changes—a new and vastly improved propeller, a shortening of the tiller, carving out of the inevitable rotten planks, and—hopefully—adding a mainsheet winch and opening …

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Connie

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This is the first boat that I’ve ever built and apart from hanging a shelf now and then, it was pretty much my introduction into woodwork. Now I’m hooked! I built Connie using the glued-lapstrake method with okoume plywood planks fastened to meranti stringers (not a stitch in sight!). There’s also a fair amount of sapele involved and even some …

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Teal

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Teal was built for the Alaskan Department of Commerce for the fish and game patrol. She was completely restored by the Port Townsend Shipwrights to yacht standards.

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Auzzy

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I spent 20 years looking for a boat design that I could build when I retired. I was set to build a Devlin “Black Crown” and even rented one several times. My plans changed when I found Brian Dixon’s design “Great Alaskan”. I chose his design because of the planing hull. I started the build in January of 2019 and …

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Summertime of Wight

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Built at Cowes, Isle of Wight, to ocean race under RORC rules and competed in 1966 and 1967. When IOR rules came in, the boat was not competitive and was sold. It was then sailed across the Atlantic, through the Panama canal across to Hawaii. Then onto Victoria. Summertime has been displayed in Vancouver, Victoria, and Port Townsend, winning best …

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Krokenen

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The Krokenen is a robustly built, wooden classic built in 1977 in Grimstad, Norway. The hull form can generally be attributed to the coastal fishing boats of the country and was most probably built by a yard experienced with purpose built workboats and pocket cruising yachts for the fjords and waterways. The name means ‘Hiding Place’ as the builder’s son …

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Susan Anne

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I built the Haven 12 1/2 in 2008. It was my second carvel planked boat. After over 45 years as a fine furniture maker, I converted to boats. This soon became quite a passion. Years and a few boats later, I would say this was the hardest boat I have built. But the reward is a boat that is sweet …

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Red Bomber

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Red Bomber is a double-cockpit runabout with a mahogany planked plywood hull, ring shank bronze fastened on sawn frames. Complete with Croslet-Aerojet pre-packaged 21-hp OHC 4-cylinder engine and belt-driven Vee-drive gasoline propulsion unit. Original 6-volt electrical system with an air horn.

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SV Paddleshell

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Folks said Interlude, purchased in 2013, “had good bones”. She has neither been an interlude nor were her bones too good… However, her mahogany planks on white oak bent frames fastened with bronze to a yellow cedar backbone made her worthwhile. Now SV Paddleshell, this little sloop can look forward to many days to come at sea.