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Shipwright Talk: Lou Sauzedde Pays a Visit Acorn to Arabella

Shipwrights like Louis Sauzedde have massive amounts of experience that has taken years to amass. It’s a pleasure to see how that knowledge is shared with newer shipwrights who don’t have the benefit of trial and error. Steve and Alix are well-read, self-taught shipwrights with no prior experience, so a visit from Lou during the … Read More


Start Epoxy Crafting with 5 Easy Resin Projects

Have you been wondering what all the excitement is about with epoxy art these days? This is the perfect time to join Total Boat,  and  for five days of   Have you been wondering what all the excitement is about with epoxy art these days? This is the perfect time to join WoodWorkers Guild of America … Read More


JD Winter Photo Contest – Working in the Workshop

While it might feel like time has slowed down this spring, the winter was busy for our customers who have been working inside their garages, boat sheds, and workshops on many great things. What emerges in the springtime is anyone’s guess, but we always like to catch a peek inside while the hard work is … Read More


Progress and Productivity with Acorn to Arabella

These strange days, you never know where opportunity or amusement may find you. For the Acorn to Arabella duo of Steve and Alix, it was just outside their back door at their Massachusetts home where they found inspiration for the mother of all projects: building a 35-foot wooden sailboat, Arabella. The project would not be … Read More


How to Do Bent Lamination Using Epoxy

If you’ve attempted to bend wood then you know it’s an art and skill that takes some practice, or at least some knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.  Steam bending is a common boatbuilding technique and one which takes some practice and some tools you might not have on hand. Bending wood around a … Read More


Planking Henry Red with the Sea Dreamer Project

It must be planking season because many of the backyard boatbuilders are doing the planking thing these days. Scott, who is building a trawler in his upstate NY boatshed, is finally to the point where he is attaching the first layers of white oak planking. It’s not the last of his planking layers – he’ll … Read More


Tips from A Shipwright: Lou in the Chilean Boatyards

If boatbuilding is a universal language, then you can expect our friend, Louis Sauzedde to be fluent. In this third episode from his South American visit, he’s discovered another very busy boatyard on the Chilean Coast where he delights in sharing knowledge and stories.  It’s fair to say even Lou picked up some tips from … Read More


Designing and Building Fuel Locker Covers

With a little help from his YouTube friends, boatbuilder Andy Miller has designed the locker covers for his Bertram’s fuel tanks. In a prior video, he asked for input from his viewers about how to best construct the locker covers for his Bertram restoration. Using the Coosa board and some Thixo Flex, Andy built a … Read More


Rolling and Tipping the Topsides with Third Coast Craftsman

It took a little help from some experienced friends and a few calls into the TotalBoat Support Team, but Chris from Third Coast Craftsman has been both frustrated and exhilarated by his drift boat build. He landed himself with the chance for a pretty topside paint job after he was unhappy with the fiberglassing job … Read More


The Perfect Entry to Epoxy Art: The Valentine Mini Kit

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try your hand at the epoxy resin crafting trend that you may have noticed we noticed.  We took our super glossy, easy-to-use MakerPoxy Artist’s Resin and put it into this fun kit that has everything you need to dive into some new epoxy resin skills with your sweetheart.  … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Sharing Tools & Expertise

As the Acorn to Arabella team works through their stash of boards for planking their Atkins ketch, they are finding more pieces with defects that require attention in order to be useful.  It just means more work bunging and flattening the boards which will be bent around Arabella’s frames and forced into her curvy lines.  … Read More


Third Coast Boatbuilding: Fiberglassing the Drift Boat

Talented woodworker, Chris Schoenberg of Third Coast Craftsman (now Boatbuilding!), has had good luck so far with his wooden drift boat boatbuilding project. This week’s video, however, shows that not all skills can be assumed – like the fine art of fiberglassing that we know can be trickier than expected. As can easily happen, Chris … Read More


Tips from a Shipwright: Another Chilean Boatyard Visit

Louis Sauzedde’s famous stature as a boatbuilding video star extends far beyond New England and the United States. Chileans in the town of Lota flocked to meet Louis when he visited their local shipyard on the shore during his visit there last year. The press and locals were there to interview the superstar and get some … Read More


Acorn to Arabella: Harvesting Oak Root Stock for Knees

Winter won’t stop Alix and Steve from Acorn to Arabella from making headway on their Atkins Ketch build. Even though they are beginning to make good progress planking Arabella, they can’t help but look forward into the future of the project.  They know they will need some nicely curved pieces for knees inside the boat, … Read More