Acorn to Arabella: Planking with a Twist

Plank on! Plank off! Such is the story of this week’s video with Steve and Alix from Acorn to Arabella.  Now that the team is planking their Atkins ketch, Arabella, they are yet again in unknown territory as they learn the intricacies of this important step. It took one snapped oak plank to realize that … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Setting Homemade Rivets

When Steve and Alix couldn’t find rivets that met their high standards for constructing their Atkins ketch, Arabella, they did what any sensible backyard boatbuilder does – they made them!  It’s probably not surprising that the young pair, who have harvested their family grown trees for planking and smelted their own lead keel from scrap, … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Glue Failure Problems

Alix and Steve of Acorn to Arabella are attempting to glue together the longer boards for their next step of planking Arabella. But an unforeseen hiccup has stopped their progress and made them question their processes up to now.  With a project like this, there are always going to be ups and downs.  The key … Read More


Third Coast Boat Building: Chine Logs and Scarfing Sides

Chris Schoenberg from Third Coast Craftsman YouTube Channel is up at his shop in Michigan making great progress on his fly fishing boat. He’s planing the chine log on his skiff using a power plane and his #6 hand plane. Using cardboard, Chris makes a pattern for the Okume plywood he will have to fit … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sawn Frames and the Stern

In the Acorn to Arabella backyard boat shop, Alix and Steve are working diligently on their Atkins ketch, Arabella, in advance of the cooler weather that is rolling in soon.   While Alix is working on the sawn frames in the stern of Arabella, Steve and another handy visitor Ahmed, put up the cedar rack so … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: Stem and Chine Logs

Talented woodworker, and now boat builder, Chris Schoenberg, is on Part 6 of his video series about building himself his dreamboat. It’s no mega yacht, but it’s mega important to get all these angles and attachments measured for the strongback, chine logs and stem on his drift boat. The boat is built on top of … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Last Oak Broadstrakes

The boatbuilding filmmakers from Acorn to Arabella, Alix and Steve, have discovered that planking can be a bit of a challenge.  They are learning to plank with some of the toughest pieces to fit onto the frames, and each of the oak planks has its intricacies.  The plank has to fit well fore and aft, … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: Keelson and Frame Sides

Back in the midwestern shop of Third Coast Craftsman, Chris Schoenberg, we find the talented woodworker busily measuring, squaring and cutting timbers to use for the frame side members and the keelson. Schoenberg is building a wooden fly fishing drift boat and is permanently attaching these pieces, which makes him more nervous than any other … Read More


Summer 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Once again you all have treated us to a bounty of amazing images that let us peek into your workshops and see what you’ve been working on. There were so many inspiring submissions and some amazing accomplishments, and as is typically the case – we could not choose just one winner – so we chose … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: The Garboard Plank

It’s been a few years in the making and many more in the dreaming stages, but Arabella is finally ready for her first and most important plank – the garboard plank. This plank is of particular importance because it is the first plank laid and it ties the frames down to the centerline. This is … Read More


More Tank Talk with the Sea Dreamer Project

There seems to be a lot of interest in discussing the do’s and don’ts of building plywood and epoxy diesel and water tanks. The conversation continues this week as back yard boat builder, Scott Smith, shows us how he is building his Diesel Duck’s fuel tanks. Scott isn’t worried – in fact, he’s confident in … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: A Fly Fishing Drift Boat

  Woodworker and avid fly fisherman, Chris Schoenberg of Third Coast Craftsman, is building himself a hybrid drift boat. He’s combining two designs to build himself a drifter that he can attach a motor to, expanding his options for boating on rivers and lakes in his home state of Michigan. Chris starts his first wooden … Read More


Sea Dreamer Project: Building Plywood and Epoxy Diesel Tanks

Scott Smith hadn’t built a boat when he started constructing his own 41′ full displacement trawler. But he knows a thing or two about building as an avid woodworker, so he’s confident in his decision to build his backyard trawler with plywood and epoxy fuel tanks. This is NOT an option for storing gasoline, but … Read More


Collective Wisdom from TotalBoat Ambassadors

If you are one of the many customers who are missing our favorite shipwright, Louis Sauzedde, rest easy. Lou is alive and well and working on his next big thing. Lucky for us and for you, we have been working with Lou for years and as such have a great collection of videos he’s made … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Preparing for Planking

The backyard boatbuilders, Alix and Steve, are more than ready to move on to planking Arabella. It’s been years of precise measuring, cutting and planning to get them to this stage, and they are not rushing it. They are taking the time to be fully prepared for this next big step that will take weeks … Read More