Finishing the Frames with Acorn to Arabella

  Progress is steady in the Massachusetts backyard boatshop where Arabella is steadily looking more and more ‘yachty’ by the day. With every frame that is installed comes an easier view of the long sweeping sides that will soon bear planks.  But before planking can begin, this boatbuilding and video making duo must first prepare … Read More


Video of the Week: Steaming Frames for Arabella

Alix and Steve are building Arabella in their backyard and it’s no small task. They’re arguably at one of the most critical stages of their build, steam bending and installing frames, and like all the other tasks they take on, they have done serious research in advance.  Because this is such a monumental moment in … Read More


Ship Saws and Boat Builds

Many of our salty, sawdust encrusted friends who are building backyard boats have discovered that a piece of equipment that is paramount to a successful boat build is the ship saw.  Unlike a regular band saw, which has a table that can be set at different angles, with a ship saw, the whole thing tilts while the … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Keel Timber

It was such a pleasure to host the Acorn to Arabella filmmaking boatbuilders at our Tent Sale a few weeks ago. They were perfect guests, entertaining our customers who were intrigued by their planing work and their amazing story of backyard boatbuilding. They have made excellent progress, considering there is no boat being built quite yet, … Read More


Video of the Week: Acorn to Arabella Moves Their 4.5 ton Keel

Of course, the Acorn to Arabella boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, had a plan when they poured their nearly 9000-pound lead keel into plywood molds in the ground. The plan was: figure out a way to move it. These ingenious men had no doubt they could move the lead to the crib built in their boathouse. … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: How They Safely Poured A Lead Keel

There was an amazing buzz after we shared the Acorn to Arabella video of the two talented boatbuilding buddies doing some hard thinking about how to safely pour themselves a nearly 9000-pound lead keel for their Atkins ketch. Because Steve and Alix are building in their backyard, they have to be extra resourceful and thorough … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Playing with Lead

  As we patiently wait for Lou Sauzedde’s return (APB! LOU IS OK! He will be back very soon – we promise!)  we have been excited to follow along with the Acorn to Arabella crew who are furiously working on the ballast keel for their boatbuilding project. These motivated youth have made great headway on … Read More


Boatbuilding For YouTube

   As we await Lou’s return to the TotalBoat Sport Dory series (he’ll be back – we promise!), we have been enjoying finding, watching and promoting the fine boatbuilding skills and accomplishments of others who endeavor to also build a great boat in front of cameras for the internet!  There are plenty of boatbuilders out … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Treasures from the Past

We’re back in Western Mass with Alix and Steve, the motived boatbuilding duo from Acorn to Arabella who are building their “dream boat,” an Atkins ketch, to be named, of course, Arabella. We loved their latest episodes, wherein they pick apart their newly acquired, tired old Atkins sailboat, Victoria. After carting her back to their … Read More


Video of the Week: Acorn to Arabella Visits RI and JD!

We loved hosting Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella here last month. Their project is so inspiring to us and, it seemed after sharing their story with you, that it inspired you all as well! So when we tuned in to their latest episode, Chapter 20, we were thrilled to learn that they loved … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Steaming & Laminating Timbers

The response was overwhelming with admiration and awe for the backyard boatbuilders, Steve and Alix, from the Acorn to Arabella video series. We thought you might love another episode of Acorn to Arabella, as we take another break to let Louis and his video team get caught up.  As Steve and Alix pour over drawings … Read More


Boatbuilding from Scratch: Meet ‘Acorn to Arabella’

We got to meet with the insanely motivated 2-man crew of “Acorn to Arabella” last week and we think, like us, that you’ll appreciate what they have to share with the boatbuilding world. The young duo started filming their YouTube series “Acorn to Arabella” about a year and a half ago and they have been … Read More