A Series of Summer Boat Building Camps
Preserving the history of rack-of-the-eye boat building is more than documenting a way of building boats; it also preserves a way of life.
A man with a complete set of blueprints he purchased for a boat met with a Down East boat builder. Looking at the detailed plans, the boat builder said, “I’m sorry. I never built a boat like that. I wouldn’t even know how to start.”
Sound People: The Book
Folklore has spawned volumes about Core Sounders, their flat-bottomed skiffs and the Harkers Island boatbuilders.
Sound People presents a record of conversations with down east natives. Core Sounders describe their cultural history, from their perspective.
Building A Boat
For centuries, Down East fishermen have built boats in their yards. Aaron Styron from Cedar Island said that in the early 20th century, a boat was under construction in almost every yard around Core Sound. Over time, many fishermen discovered they preferred building fishing boats over fishing. A separate industry was born.Read more
A New Generation Of Boatbuilders
Responding to the parent’s plea for a summer program to transform idle hands into productivity, Heber Guthrie has developed a syllabus for a series of week-long summer camps. Campers will undertake rack-of-the-eye boat building techniques, developing a vision of a completed boat from generalized directions…Read more