Friday, April 12, 2024


12 Apr 24:

The spots where we put our LEWIS BOAT WORKS and HEUER GARAGE EAST sheds started off as a muddy clay spot, too shady to grow much grass. Over the last few days we added a small deck to the back end of the HEUER GARAGE EAST, and a walkway between the two sheds. 

Skipper is slowly assembling her gardening center. And maybe I'll get motivated to finish framing the vent window we added to the shed in 2023. Right now I'm busy resisting the urge to add and unneeded and expensive door.

Log of the Carriage Houses/Boat Works/Heuer Garage.

Abaco Dinghy HENNING Paint Removal Continues

11 Apr 24:

We scraped and sanded 3 more frame sections and the inner port transom of HENING, the little Abaco dinghy. Next we'll roll the boat to starboard and work on that side. We're also working on a bronze order to replace some tired fittings. They screw eye on the quarter knee snapped loose in my hand when I went to remove the nut.

We're not sure what the bolt mid transom was for, possibly a lifting eye or maybe just a fastener for the knee inside.

Lots of fun working in all the nooks and crannies.

 Log of HENNING.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Small Bench

10 Apr 24:

We made a small bench out of cedar, set at about 18 inches for a good sitting height. It will be used in a shower, the cedar should smell great with a little hot water splashed on it.

I laid out the templates...for the shop stool...To make a bench I needed taller legs, which I remembered when I got to the assembly stage of construction.

Still haven't recognized the short legs...

To make bench height legs, I use the stool leg template to get the legs' top and bottom widths, then a straightedge to draw the sides. All the other pieces remain the same. We fastened the pieces together with silicon bronze Frearson head screws.

Gardner Boat Shop Stool. Plans available, $20 USD, email us at lewis.kent at gmail

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Parting Out A Sunfish Hull

31 Mar 24:

This 1964 Sunfish hull ended up having not only a soft deck but also the hull is cracked all around the edge of the cockpit. Add in a few other leak areas and the fiberglass is beyond economic repair. So today we removed the hardware, trim, coaming and bailer to be used on other restorations. 

The coaming is held on by stainless machine screws that screw into aluminum rivet nuts. If the stainless screws are not removed periodically, they become permanently bonded with the rivnut. Out of 13 screws, only one came loose.


Land Yaahting

30 Mar 24:

The Granddaughter likes to go yaahting in our forest while we wait for the water to warm up. We figured out yesterday that the tractor makes a good tow vehicle.

We get serenaded with "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" so it's all worth it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Boat Yard and Sunfish Shack

18 Mar 24:

The Boat Yard, Park and Sunfish Shack are ready for the 2024 season. It's taken a few projects to get to this point!

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Bronze For Sale

15 Mar 24: 

Bought some Alcort Sunfish bronze made by Wilcox Crittenden, we needed the boom block, thumb nut and deck drains. The rest is available for purchase, including the nice Schaefer blocks. 

Contact lewis dot kent at gmail if you need some Sunfish parts.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Quarter Deck

18 Mar 24:

Our little quarterdeck has been a popular place to enjoy the back yard park and playset. We can roll boats all the way through from the driveway or bring them around from the side. A meandering rock river may run under the bridge soon...

Sunday, March 17, 2024


17 Mar 24:

Well the Mustang came back from the shop faster than we thought, so the Catfish SMEDLEY moved back out to the Wheel Deck hoist. It is warm enough to do fiberglass work outside now, and we have more yard time scheduled.

Skipper did the tractor honors.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Shop Stool Patterns For Sale

05 Mar 24: 

Shop stool paper patterns are for sale, taken directly from our time tested templates. $30 USD gets a set of full size paper patterns with assembly instructions to your door. 

To order a set, send us an email at lewis dot kent at gmail. Paypal or check.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Four-Oared Gig AMERICAN STAR Plans from Mystic Seaport

11 Mar 24:

AMERICAN STAR is a 27' 3" Four-Oared Gig built in 1820 by the Chambers Brothers of Brooklyn in the "Whitehall" style, as in Whitehall Street of lower Manhattan. We ordered plans from Mystic Seaport that were developed from lines taken off the original boat, which is located outside of Paris at the estate of General Lafayette.  

AMERICAN STAR was given to the Marquis in 1825 as he finished his victory tour of the the young United States..all 24 of them.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

New To Us Shaw & Tenney Flat Blade Oars

05 Mar 24:

Found some gently used Shaw & Tenney flat blade oars, 7 1/2 footers with nice leathers. Will they fit on the Abaco Dinghy HENNING. We'll find out and report back.

Fair Wind Fasteners

 05 Mar 24:

We get our silicon bronze from Fair Wind Fasteners, they ship small quantities and they ship fast. real fast. Great customer service, real people who answer emails and phone calls and have actually used their products. Here's part of what they have to say about the customer oriented business: 

"We're not the cheapest, but we do provide the best. I've travelled around the globe and received numerous fastener samples from manufacturers and have chosen only the best to be carried here at Fair Wind. At this point in time the marine industry has welcomed us with open arms, and we now supply not only high quality silicon bronze fasteners, but have expanded in to copper and 316 Stainless Steel fasteners in order to serve a larger portion of the marine market. We're regularly supplying boatbuilding companies, boatbuilding colleges, and factory OEMs with quality marine fasteners, but will always give the same attention and service to a DIYer, because that's how we started!"

We're one of those DIYers they mention, and our little Nutshell Pram Excuse me is Fair Wind Fastener-ed.

FMI: Fair Wind Fasteners

Monday, March 4, 2024

Creeks, Nook and Crannies

28 Feb 24:

Here's a close up of some of the creeks, nooks and crannies that we'll be exploring, just off the southern end of the James River. The "Pagan River" is an impostor, its European name from the early 17th Century John Smith map was Warraskoyack, for the local indigenous Algonquin tribe of the Powhatan Confederacy. Later the name was changed to Pagan, reportedly the native word for pecan and it was a creek. Later again local officials decided that Pagan Creek didn't sound important enough to attract dredging money for steamboats, so now it's called Pagan River. 


Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES Mess About

22 Feb 24:

We took ST. JACQUES out to be the photo ship for a Small Boats Nation article on a push pole duck bill attachment, she had a good time mucking about in the reeds. Skipper took the photos and I rowed for a little bit. 

We're in about 12 inches of water here, ST. JACQUES needs 8 with her centerboard and rudder up. 

Henning, the mariner who previously owned the 12 foot push pole, marked the pole with tape, starting around 3 feet or so. There is a yellow mark around 3 feet and another at about 5 1/2 feet. Our guess is the lower yellow mark indicated enough clearance for Henning's keel boat the top yellow mark could be for when the water was over his head...that's how we would have marked it. Henning used the pole as needed to get his boat in and out of the tidal creek behind his home.

Our Ford Edge ST SUPER SANDY got the tow vehicle honors. 

Back at the Shack, telling Sea Stories to the rest of the Armada.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Shaw & Tenney Oars

29 Feb 24:

Wandering through fb Marketplace we found a nice set of gently used Shaw & Tenney oars, 7 1/2 feet flat blade style. Picked them up for a very fair price, and we'll see whether they'll fit on the little Abaco dinghy HENNING. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New Warraskoyack Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) & First Newsletter

28 Feb 24: Warraskoyack Chapter March/April/May/June 2024 Newsletter


1. Our Warraskoyack Chapter of the TSCA is officially formed! Now what?

2. Kent and Skipper are working on a 1965 Alcort Catfish,  1964 Alcort Sunfish and 1930s Abaco Dinghy. Also on the list is to get the Suzuki 6 hung back on Skipper's Drascombe Lugger ONKAHYE and get ONKAHYE's keel wet soon, probably from the Clontz Park ramp in Smithfield. Maybe taunt the lunch crowd at Smithfield Station?

Our Penobscot 14 ST. JACQUES took a dip at Jones Creek so we could shoot photos of a push pole with duckbill attachment for the March issue of Small Boats Nation. No spoilers until after the article is published on Friday.

3. Steve and his beautiful Welsford Pathfinder SPARTINA are messing about down south, last seen visiting Webb Chiles in Hilton Head. 

4. Mike M. has all the scoop on Deltaville and is working with the Mathews Maritime Foundation and Colonial Seaport Foundation, plus the Coast Guard Auxiliary. When not being pressed into service on other boats, he messes about in his 7' 7" Nutshell Pram. Maybe we need to set up a Nutshell Regatta :) 

5. John Y. is getting a Lincolnville Salmon Wherry built by Walt Simmons, we can't wait to see that!

6. We'd like to set up a get together at one of our many great local maritime museums. Who's gonna be first? Deltaville...Reedville...Mariners'...Jamestown...Nauticus...Chesapeake Bay...?



21-24 - Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Society Festival
Antique and Classic Boat Society
Lake Dora, Tavares, FL


Beaufort, SC

26-28 Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show
Annapolis, MD


North Carolina Maritime Museum
Beaufort, NC

Jamestown Settlement
Williamsburg, VA

Chesapeake Light Craft
Centreville, MD

15-19 Florida 120
Pensacola, FL

Mystic Seaport Museum 
Mystic, CT

Cedar Key, FL


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St Michaels, MD

??-?? Harborfest
Norfolk, VA

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, CT


The Warraskoyack Chapter retraces the water trails of the indigenous Powhatan tribes on the lower Chesapeake watershed and the upper Outer Banks.  

Membership is free to any member of TSCA.

Chapter POC: Kent Lewis, (850) 449-4841,

Mike M.
Steve E.
John Y.

For more information on our local waters, please visit our Smithfield Trading Town blog at

Old News:

28 Feb 24:

We just received notification that the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) National Council approved our Warraskoyack  Chapter. 

A little information on the indigenous Warraskoyack area:

"The Warraskoyack Indians, members of the Powhatan paramount chiefdom, lived near the mouth of the Pagan River and along its tributaries, near modern day Smithfield Virginia. Their town of Mokete likely stood in the vicinity of present-day Rescue, while Mathomouk town was probably situated along Burwell Bay close to Rushmere. The principal settlement of Warraskoyack was located farther inland, perhaps east of modern day Smithfield and west of Jones Creek.

The Warraskoyak were an Algonquian-speaking tribe in Tsenacommacah. The Warraskoyak werowance, Tackonekintaco, paid tribute to paramount chief Powhatan. The homeland of the Warraskoyak provided easy access to oysters and fish from the river. It had been occupied for at least 5,500 years. Sea level rise at the end of the last Ice Age drowned the mouth of the Pagan River, and the resulting wetlands were valued food sources for Native Americans long before the evolution of the Warraskoyak tribe. 

Inland, across the watershed divide separating the James and Blackwater rivers, hunting and gathering opportunities were rich in what today are labeled Pettit and Belle Meadow pocosins and Pouches, Passenger, and Rattlesnake swamps. In those swamps and woods, the Warraskoyak must have encountered Iroquoian-speaking Nottaway hunters coming up the Blackwater River. 

The Algonquian-speaking Quiyoughcohannock lived to their west, upstream on the James River beyond Hog Island. The powerful Algonquian-speaking Nansemond tribe, with 200 warriors according to John Smith, lived downstream on the Nansemond River with a "kings house" on Dumplin Island. The size of the Nansemond tribe would have deterred the Warraskoyak from conflict, if those neighbors chose to hunt near Mokete, Mathomauk, or the king's house of the Warraskoyak. From those three towns, the Warraskoyack found it easy to canoe out into the James (Powhatan Flu) River to trade with the English. They welcomed visitors from Jamestown, bypassing Powhatan with direct trade of food for metal tools and prestige goods. At John Smith's request, they hosted Samuel Collier, an English boy so he could learn the Algonquian language and facilitate trade and diplomacy. 

In early 1608, the Warraskoyack allowed a Paspahegh guide to lead two Jamestown colonists into their territory to search for survivors of the "lost colony" on Roanoke Island. Later that year, they assisted another searcher, Michael Sicklemore, to journey towards the Chowan River on another futile expedition."

The Warraskoyack Chapter will explore our local rivers and creeks, retracing the water trails of the indigenous First People. We'll also venture out to other spots on the Chesapeake watershed, the upper Outer Banks and our many inland rivers.  

Membership is free to any member of TSCA, and if we'll put out a quarterly newsletter.

For more information on our local waters, please visit our Smithfield Trading Town blog at

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

LEAF Wins the Wet Pants Award

 27 Feb 24:

The little wooden Sunfish named CHIP that we sent out to Pt Townsend had fun at the Shipwright's Regatta last weekend. Her new name is LEAF, Mastered and Commandered by Emiliano now, he gave her a repaint, fixed a few small leaks and made her beautiful sail. Emiliano reports that LEAF nad her crew won the coveted "Wet Pants" award. And her innards were dry and dusty afterwards. Go LEAF!

Monday, February 26, 2024

New Hat

26 Feb 24:

 Capn jack always said "Take 2 hats." Skipper has plenty from WoodenBoat Launchings and Relaunchings, she's in the latest issue with our Nutshell Pram EXCUSE ME.

And we got stickers too!

New Launchings Hat from WoodenBoat

26 Feb 24:

 The little Nutshell Pram EXCUSE ME was one of the boats featured in the Launchings section of WoodenBoat Magazine No. 297, and as reward the folks in Brooklin, Maine sent us 2 nice hats,  a nice letter, a copy of the article and 2 stickers. That was very kind and we appreciate the though put behind the custom stitching of the hats.

The hats are my favorite, made of a very soft prewashed cotton. The hat also has a low crown and comfortable leather adjustment strap on the back, so they'll stay secure in a blow. 

And if you're not currently building a wooden boat, they can be purchased from the WoodenBoat Store.