On Saturday, May 28, Michael Bogoger and his wife, Mary, made the trip from Toledo, OR, for the express purpose of visiting the Women’s Build of the St Ayles Skiff that had just begun. In January, Peter Crim, Executive Director of the Wind & Oar Boat School, visited Michael with some friends, as a birthday treat to himself , and came away impressed with Michael’s enthusiasm for all things related to building small wooden boats. It was clear they shared a passion for the importance of involving groups in a process that binds, and builds communities.
Michael, national president of the Traditional Small Craft Association and blogger Dory-man, has many boat builds under his belt. He is also well connected with the key movers in the Scottish Coastal Rowing project, out of which the St Ayles Skiff emerged. It is through his friendship with Chris Perkins that many of the pictures of the skiff taken in Scotland are in use on this web site. He also arranged for the CNC cutting of the kit to be done on the U.S. west coast so that shipping cost could be minimized for those of us building so far from Blue Hill, ME. The primary U.S. licensee from the Scottish kit maker, Jordan Boats, is Hewes & Co., located in Maine, and the head of their Marine Division is Gardner Pickering, another terrific supporter of this project.
It was only logical that Michael would be interested in the women’s build, and since the project was just under way, it was a good time to bring in someone who could give context to the boat, boat building, and on this particular visit, using epoxy.With his history of using marine glues, Michael talked about how the technology has evolved and what best practices he has discovered through his vast experience. He and his audience got on well and it was clear from later conversations that they had absorbed a great deal of what he imparted.
The group looks forward to regular visits from Michael and the opportunity for him to share his wealth of knowledge about building wooden boats. As the boat takes shape, its always fun to show it off a little, too.
Thank you, Michael!