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Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: Offcuts
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Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: Offcuts

Twenty years ago when Tony Chaplik sold us our sawmill he told of an amazing phenomena he observed when milling wood. He said that when you start off with a pile of logs and cut all the useful timber out of it, somehow you end up with a pile of slab as big as the pile of logs you started with. Our experience with the mill has proven his observation to be correct. Moreover, we’ve found that it takes as much work to deal with the slab as it does to mill the wood.

Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: The Beal’s new 183-year-old sternpost
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Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: The Beal’s new 183-year-old sternpost

Throughout the fall I have been busy cutting a lot of pine for bulkheads and staging as well as small oak and locust logs for framing. I’ve been working my way through the log pile in order to get at some the larger oak logs we will use for the Beal’s backbone. A few weeks ago I reached one of the big logs I’ve spent the fall anticipating and on January 22nd we put a large white oak log on the mill from which we hoped to get a couple of sternposts for the Beal.

Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: A New Apprentice
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Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal: A New Apprentice

Last winter Mary Kay helped KD and I apply to the MCC for another Last winter Mary Kay helped KD and I apply to the MCC for another Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant. These grants are awarded to master artists to take on apprentices and teach them about traditional skills not offered in a typical academic setting. We were very grateful to find out that we had been awarded the grant in January. This time KD is named as my apprentice for the Sylvina W. Beal’s rehabilitation.

Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal
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Time, Tide, and the Rehabilitation of the Sylvina W. Beal

Here on the marsh at the edge of the Essex River, the ebb and flow of the tide is central to our life and work. While it is true that “time and tide wait for no man,” sometimes just when it seems the time is right, we are faced with the wrong tide. In those moments it is important to take a breath, reassess, and remember that there will be other tides and better times.

Our Story
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Our Story

There is something about seeing some of the many other vessels I have designed, built, or in some way had my hand it while out on the water with friends and paying guests. The sight makes me both eternally grateful for our Cape Ann heritage and proud of the role I played in keeping our maritime traditions alive.

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