Episode 13: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Welcome back to Lou’s boat shop and to Episode 13 of Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory. Lou is working on the transom, slowly and precisely adjusting the fit and bevel of the sides and bottom of the wood to fit the false bottom.  Using his electric and block planers, he moves slowly to get the … Read More


Episode 12: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We’re back with some holiday cheer for you in the way of some Louis Sauzedde that we are certain you’ve been missing.  Step back into the Open Door Boatshop and watch as Lou gets ready to install the stem on our TotalBoat Sport Dory.  You’ll remember a few weeks back, Lou steamed the first stem piece … Read More


Episode 11 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

We hope you’ll be thankful that Lou is back this week – and a few days early – so you’re not pacing around the turkey table waiting for the Thursday night upload. In episode 11, Lou is working on the garboard plank and shows us a helpful tip about how to transfer the pattern of … Read More


Episode 10 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is switching things up this week and stepping away from the Dory mold to start steam bending the wood for the stem. It’s going to be made out of a nice piece of seasoned white oak that he is going to compression steam bend.  He’s using standard 6mil poly and will pull the piece of … Read More


Episode 9: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Louis is back and he’s ready to get to work! With our jig complete, it’s time to start building the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Lou starts by planing down the edge of the first layer of cedar bottom.  Using an electric plane and then a block plane, Lou continues the progressive bevel from the mold up … Read More


Episode 8 – Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

In Episode 8 of Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, Lou continues with the building of the all-important jig that the Sport Dory itself will be built upon. In the last episode, Lou showed us how to size and cut the pieces of the three layer “false bottom” that will be used on this jig, and … Read More


Louis Sauzedde: Tomorrow Night 10/19 at Herreshoff Marine Museum

  “Tips From a Shipwright” with Louis Sauzedde & Halsey Fulton  October 19th, 2017 6:00 PM – TOMORROW NIGHT!  Come join Louis Sauzedde for an evening of Tips from a Shipwright. With over 55 working years as a professional shipwright under his rope-belt, Louis Sauzedde has a lifetime of knowledge when it comes to building … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 5

In episode 5 we can see that the Sport Dory is starting to take shape – as in, we can see the shape of the boat by the end! In this episode, Lou begins the assembly of his production Dory jig using the sections he created in the last episode. The molds each have two … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 4

  Lou is getting his hands dirty in Episode 4 as he tackles the important job of converting his table of offsets, to actual cuts on pieces of wood he is using to construct the stations for the dory. The stations will form the mold that his beautiful planks, sourced in episodes 1 and 2, … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory: Episode 3

In Episode 3, Lou is getting into the math and measurements that will determine the shape and size of the TotalBoat Sport Dory. By using and transferring measurements from the table of offsets that he created, he is able to loft the dory at full size right on his temporary table, so he won’t have … Read More


Episode 2: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory

Episode 2 finds Lou at a bigger lumber yard that he refers to as more of a “production” yard where he is seeking more White Oak for the TotalBoat Sport Dory.  Last week’s band mill was much smaller than this week’s rotary mill where Lou continues to find the perfect pieces of lumber for his … Read More


Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Episode 1

Calling all Louis Sauzedde super fans, boat builders, tinkerers, hobbyists, sailors, rowers, woodworkers and dreamers!  Season 2, Episode 1 of Louis Sauzedde’s new series, Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory, is here, to once again grace your inbox every Friday. This time though, the Tips from a Shipwright star of the TotalBoat Skiff build video series, is sourcing Atlantic White … Read More


Video of the Week: Lou’s Intro to Dory Designs

We know you are counting down the days until Lou and the next great boat building project and video series get underway. We are too, and to prime you for the occasion, we give you this little overview from Lou of dory designs. As he pours over many popular dory designs already penned, he considers … Read More