TotalBoat YouTube Ambassadors: Lessons in Learning

We’ve enjoyed discovering lots of new talents who are using and loving TotalBoat and sharing their experiences with their followers. YouTube, specifically, has become a playground for makers and builders, dreamers and doers. Our TotalBoat Ambassadors are there creating videos of their boats and boards or are busy dreaming up the next big thing. There … Read More


The Deeper The Better: Making with Diresta

An old friend of the Maker Godfather, Jimmy Diresta, once said “There’s more than one way to build a boat,” and so he used plastic for a wooden boat’s frames and made makeshift steaming bags so that his wood could be bent in place. Convention has no place in the workshops of Louis Sauzedde and … Read More


Video: The Making of Jackman’s Giant Epoxy Screwdriver

Our email to you last week promised a video to follow up and show the ingenious process used by TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, in the making of his giant epoxy screwdriver. Rotocasting his resin parts using our super clear High-Performance Epoxy Resin, Paul was able to avoid showing any lines or layers of the epoxy. He … Read More


Pouring a Giant Epoxy Screwdriver – Part 1

We know you like boats better than river tables and epoxy art. We’re curating our best videos to share with you here, in hopes of showing you some interesting and often times advanced techniques being used by makers, craftsmen and boaters, too. This week we share Part 1 of TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman‘s making of … Read More


Framing and Upcycling with Acorn to Arabella

The Atkins ketch Arabella has rounded a corner in her “from-the-ground-up construction. As of this week, Arabella is fully framed, with all of the individual frames steamed and bent into their permanent home. Steve and Alix have been busy arranging for this part of the build as they await a donation of white cedar which … Read More


Paul Jackman’s Life-Sized Nutcracker

TotalBoat Ambassador and savage woodworker, Paul Jackman, rarely does things in minimal fashion. Paul tends to go big – to “Jackman Size” his pieces, like the massive box cutter he made and now his latest build, a life-sized Nutcracker. Never shying away from labor intensive or complicated projects, Paul’s recent build was a true labor … Read More


Boatbuilding with the Sea Dreamer Project

Have you been over to the SeaDreamer Project’s YouTube Channel? Policeman turned Boat Builder, Scott Smith, has been busy building a 41-foot Diesel Duck Trawler for the past two years in his backyard boat shed. As a novice boat builder, Scott has spent these years learning as he goes, finding success and unforeseen challenges, too … Read More


Jackman’s Wavy Segmented Bowl (with Epoxy!)

It was fun to entertain our newest TotalBoat Ambassador, Paul Jackman, last week. Paul was doing a New England tour, visiting his old stomping grounds of Rhode Island, and stopping off to see Grandma and some nearby family. We convinced Paul to join us for our weekly Shop Night and told him to invite some fellow … Read More


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


Building a Canoe with Jimmy Diresta

Woodworking superstar Jimmy Diresta has just completed building his first ever wood strip canoe. Built on a mold that he cut with his CNC machine, Diresta confesses to being “schooled” on this project, challenging his many finely honed woodworking skills and calling on some new ones, as well. Using fiberglass and epoxy resin together for the … Read More


Making a Live Edge Waterfall Table

Woodworker, April Wilkerson, is a favorite YouTuber of ours for her simple, easy to follow how-to videos. It seems there isn’t anything April can’t do, and this video is proof. She takes a slab of beautiful live-edged wood and cuts, fills and finishes it into a gorgeous waterfall coffee table.  April uses our TotalBoat 2:1 Epoxy to fill the cracks … 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


Varnishing Bacon with Jimmy Diresta

As Lou rows his new TotalBoat Sport Dory off into the sunset (and into a new owner’s possession), we take you to the backwoods, upstate NY shop of another favorite maker of ours and of Lous: welcome to Jimmy Diresta’s workshop.   Jimmy is hard at work on a massive cedar slab that, as he points out, … Read More


Tool Tips from Louis Sauzedde: The Electric Planer

With the TotalBoat Sport Dory done and waiting for a nice fall day to show off her rowing prowess (next week!), Lou is back at the workbench, but this time he’s making some adjustments and showing us how it’s done on a brand new Ryobi Planer. The electric planer is a staple in Lou’s toolbox, … Read More


Boatbuilding -LIVE NOW! On the TotalBoat Workshop Web Cam

It’s been a while since we have had something worth showing you from our Live Web Camera in the TotalBoat Workshop. But since you were all so riveted by the Vela Restoration that we did a few years ago in the workshop, we thought you might like to see what we’re up to now – … Read More