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At Chesapeake Light Craft, we receive a steady stream of kind words and photographs from boatbuilders across the country and around the world. You'll find a small sampling of those comments below. If you have feedback of any kind, don't hesitate to contact us. If you would like to attach photos to your comments, email them to photos clcboats.
We can be reached by phone at I've now made several CLC boats and I enjoy reading your hard print catalog in part because of interesting images of customers and CLC staff in action. One of me on an extended GA barrier islands trip finally made it. I attached 3 images of the two Night Herons I made. I did the stitch and glue with my massage therapist and then needed to make the stripper version for myself. These images were taken on a 3-day trip to Long Island Little Tybee. You guys design really great boats!
Thank you for teaching the "Jimmy Skiff" class at the Wooden Boat School and helping me accomplish my goal of building a boat. I'm very proud of my efforts. Enclosed are just a few pictures of our Jimmy Skiff. It was an absolute pleasure to build with my child, Simon and Emeri.
We had to build her under the stars but it was a wonderful experience to share with my children. This is a truly beautiful skiff and having built some the "old fashioned way" I was amazed at what a true skiff she is. I heartily recommend this boat to any father that wants to share this type of experience with their children.
I can not thank you enough for this design, the kit, and the memories. It was finished over a year ago, and still looks stunning. Nested, it fits on the cabin top of our sailboat as if it was made for it with a minor reshape of the transom top profile.
Thank you for your support for the Friends of the Petaluma River small boat building project. I've attached images of the launching of our first boat, the Eve-O. I hope you enjoy them. It has been a real pleasure building your boats. My wife and I have gone on a dozen trips in 5 western states and really enjoyed our Teardrop.
It has provided a great stimulus to travel. Thanks for making this happen. The Night Heron looked good on the car, but looked even better in the water. You provide a great product and experience to your customers! Love the boat kit. Thank you for the complementary t-shirts and cap… you guys know how to take care of your customers.
If you look closely in the photo, you can see the cap already collecting sawdust on my drill press. My family Sassafras is almost complete, and not soon enough, because the cedar strips for the night heron that are sitting on the garage floor are haunting my dreams. In addition, my wife has her eye on the Kaholo 14 so… not sure I should say thanks, but more like you, personally, have ruined us for life!
At least she gave me until after retirement 30 years from now for the Pocketship! Just wanted to personally thank you and your people again for all of your hard work and dedication! Many thanks for your fantastic kit. The kit was almost too easy, instructions clear, materials all of high quality.
And, the best service ever—orders usually shipped the same day and correctly. I've recently completed construction of one of your Eastport Pram dinghies and I am very pleased with the results. Thanks for making such a great product available. Later this year, I intend to purchase the sail kit which I am very excited about. We just launched our triple coffee table!
Not only did it float, but it moved through the water effortlessly. For a couple approaching geezerhood it was a relief as well as exhilarating! Thanks for all of your valuable assistance and for not laughing out loud at my questions. I have never attempted a project of this nature before. In fact the only wood working experience I have had is tossing another log on a fire. A plan is in the works to build another of your kayaks next winter. Yes, I really did row out into the middle of the lake to hoist the main and give it a go.
Before I deployed the rudder. And before I dropped in the dagger board. The whole thing was great fun. Laura and I built a cardboard model before we ordered the kit. It could just barely make the turn into the attic closet and out the window. We measured more carefully as we were actually squirting the boat out, we have enough room to eject a Chesapeake 17 and that will be this winter's project. I've finally finished my boat and the experience has been worth every penny I've put into this beauty.
People come to see and touch. Everytime people see this boat I find myself spending more time talking than rowing. But what the hey, I'm proud! Thanks for your good work! About ready to order my next kit. I just wanted to let you know that I finished my Annapolis Wherry, got it in the water last week and I love it! Living in Western NY makes for challenging weather conditions for expoxying, painting, and varnishing what with cold temperatures followed by rainy, humid weather.
But I worked around it and am very happy with the results of what is my first boat build. I was pretty new to just about everything involved and was continually waiting for the first disaster to occur, but it never did!
The build manual was very complete and CLC's John Staub gave very timely and thorough advice when I emailed in questions. The boat's primary home is at our family camp on a small lake in the Adirondacks in NY. We cartopped it there last week and baptized it in the lake.
It rows like a dream and is so fast and smooth compared to any other rowboat I've been in. The only potential problem now with having a boat that is so fast, is that we need a bigger lake! Thanks for such a great kit building experience that allowed me to now own such a beautiful boat. Unfortunately, it hasn't been in the water as much as I would like but that time will come. Something that's so important, especially when a lot of your customer are novice builders like myself.
I bought your Chester Yawl kit last May, and launched the boat in August. The quality and presision of the kit was much appreciated. This is a photo of my just finished Shearwater 17 that paddles like a dream. This was the most fun that I've had in a long time. My first time working with fiberglass and epoxy, a wonderful learning experience. Many positive comments already.
Thanks to everyone at CLC for the support on this build. My son and I built her and enjoy paddling and fishing, but my little girl loves to put up the sail! Part of the draw was having a project to do together with my kids. I hoped that they would have a deep satisfaction and happy memories from building something with their own hands. Midway through the process my son was gently running the hand plan along the rub rail and watching the dainty curls of wood shavings cascade around his feet.
He looked up at me and said, "Dad, I don't know why but doing this just makes me feel happy". I knew he got it! It paddles fast, and is super stable, and holds a bunch of gear. It was two years ago I had initially launched my Night Heron and I'm still in love with how well she handles and looks.
Thanks for creating this avenue to unlimited FUN! I Built a Chesapeake 18 back in and have been meaning to pass along the photos for some time. I added some custom work including a day hatch, inking of the hatch covers, and a few more things.
I have less time to kayak now - but I still love being able to cut through the water in this beauty whenever I can. What a wonderful boat! Light, fast, tracks well and turns when you need it. After 70 hours of dedicated building today I launched my Chesapeake A wonderful experience, thanks for the detailed plans and the great design, this boat is truly a seaworthy kayak! Steve and myself both had our launch of brand new homemade wooden kayaks.
Walt was loved by so many in the beer industry, especially by his employees. He was also known for his love of people, infectious laugh and ability to make friends with everyone. Walt whistled and sang "do-ta-do" all his life. The only time he got riled up was when one of his teams, especially the Mariners, was not winning.
He was truly the happiest person one could know, always laughing, singing, giving "smooches" and hugging everyone. Walt and Barb enjoyed traveling throughout the U. The past few years, he loved going to Vegas to watch Gonzaga play in the WCC basketball tournaments and trying his notorious bad luck on the blackjack tables. He also loved to travel to the Oregon Coast with all of his family, making it a tradition for many years. He thought there was nothing better than clam chowder at Mo's restaurant in Florence, OR.
After retirement, he took up with his "Golf Buddies" several times a week, lighting up the golf course with their numbers and having the most fun on the 19th Hole. As the years went by, the golfing waned, but the friendship and fun continued, meeting regularly at Bryden Canyon Golf Course for breakfast and "rolling the dice" for who paid. Walt swore he ended up with the bill more than most. In , Walt and Barb established a beautiful family cabin at Freeman Creek.
His greatest joy was having all of his family and friends gather together, celebrating holidays, family reunions, fishing, snowmobiling, anything as long as he was surrounded by family. One of his last outings was a weekend trip at the cabin, blueback fishing with his three sons. Walt's legacy is the love that he had and showed for his wife, his boys and their wives, grandkids, family and all of his close friends. He was truly loved in such a special way by so many.
He will long be remembered by the deep expression of love and joy for life that he demonstrated in so many ways to so many. The family is so thankful for all of Walt's friends and family that came to say their goodbyes and share stories with Walt in the last two months, including several visits from his nephew, Greg, and nieces Shelley, Terry, Cindy and Jennifer from out of town.
We also thank his special friend, Vera Walker, for her companionship, support and devotion to Walt. His immediate family, including most of his grandkids, gathered to surround him with love, day and night, until he left us peacefully. It meant so much to Walt and the family. We also thank Sister Margie Schmidt and the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice staff. Walt was preceded in death by his father and mother; all five of his siblings, Elsie, Genevieve, Bud, Eva and Ernie; and his wife, Barbara.
A viewing will take place from 4 to 6 p. A graveside service will be held at 11 a. Please join the family for a luncheon and sharing at the Seaport Room following the service.
Visit the online guest book at www. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, W. Sandra Kay Enger, 73, formerly of Cavendish.
She grew up on the family farm in Cavendish. She met and married Darl Enger in Orofino on June 18, They lived for almost 20 years in Ketchikan, AK, where Sandy loved to go out on the boat on a sunny day and just relax while Darl fished for halibut. Even though she only fished a couple of times, she holds the family record for the largest halibut, pounds. When they moved to Missoula, Sandy looked forward to camping with friends and family. Sandy had a great number of friends that she loved to play games and pinochle with, and has always enjoyed helping others.
We will forever miss her kindness, giving spirit, her love and joyful smile. She is survived by her husband, Darl K. Sandy has been cremated and will be buried in a shared urn at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
No service is planned as a renewing of vows with family and friends occurred on June 18, Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at whitesittfuneralhome. Murphey, 81, formerly of Kelly Creek. Murphey lost her three-year battle with uterine cancer on Aug. Barbara was an extremely intelligent, nurturing, and thoughtful person, beloved by all. She walked through this world with inspirational grace and unconditional love.
She worked hard to support her children and was gifted as an artist; one of her favorite mediums was watercolor. Barbara was an accomplished seamstress, a clever designer and a stained glass maker. She was an excellent cook, as artistic with flavors as she was with visual media. As a child, Barbara stood out in many ways.
She was advanced to second grade midway through her first grade year due to academic and social maturity. She skipped fifth grade altogether, graduating from high school at age Barbara had two younger brothers, Freddy and John. A job change for her father moved the family to St. Clair Shores, MI, during her early high school years. While in high school she excelled academically, was in the honor society and was the editor of the class yearbook. During her junior year there, she married her first husband and high school classmate Bill Holman.
Daughter Kim was born during her senior year in time to attend Barbara's graduation with high honors and a degree in Special Education. In , she and Bill moved to Idaho to begin Bill's career with the U. In , the family moved back east to Virginia for a two year assignment in the U. In the family moved back to Idaho, initially residing in a two-room cabin a far cry from a Philly row house!
Daughters Karen and Susan were both born in Orofino in and , respectively. The family moved to Kooskia, Idaho, in Barbara and Bill divorced in and Barbara began her career as a special education teacher.
She earned a Master's in Education degree from the University of Idaho in In Barbara married Carl H. Murphey, adding stepchildren Pat, Pam and Matt to the family.
Daughter Jami was born at Cottonwood, Idaho in In , she accepted a position at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School at Desmet, Idaho, where she worked as a Title I coordinator, special educator and special services coordinator. In this position she supported special education programs at tribal schools in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Barbara took great pride in seeking to provide education to all, particularly students historically underserved.
Barbara retired in and that same year she bought a small home on Main Street in Kendrick, Idaho, so she could be near daughter Jami and her family. She enjoyed retirement, spending time with grandchildren and participating in community clubs and projects including the publishing team for the KJ7 community newsletter, the KJ Art Commission, co-founder of the book club, Book Prowlers, the Hill and Valley Garden Club and Friends of the Juliaetta community library. Barbara was very fond of the Kendrick-Julietta community.
Barbara is preceded in death by brothers Freddy and John and husband Carl. In addition to her children and stepchildren, she is survived by 13 grandchildren and fourteen14 great-grandchildren. Her family is very thankful for the amazing support that she received in her final days, in particular from the staff of Bishop Place and from Kindred Hospice of Pullman, WA.
A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, September 1 at Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman has been entrusted with arrangements. The family suggests memorial donations to any of the Kendrick-Juliaetta community clubs or projects, or to the Friends of Hospice. Glenn Strang Bowman, 92, formerly of Pierce. Glenn Strang Bowman age 92 died peacefully in his sleep at Meadowlark homes in the early morning hours on Monday, Aug.
Our family and friends lost our strong, yet gentle Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and buddy. Ray drove truck for Ohio Gas Company. Dad was an only child and was raised in the small town of Danville, OH. As a young boy, he amused himself by playing with friends, cousins, pet dogs, and his Schwinn bicycle. He spent quite a bit of time on his Grandma Sara's farm and loved helping her take care of the cows, goats and chickens.
At Danville High School, he played clarinet, sang in the choir and participated in class plays. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church. In his yearbook, his classmates said of him, "At sports Glenn does not participate, but at reading books he's first rate.
Bill, he enrolled at Defiance College in Ohio and attended for three years. Dad wanted to see the world, so did not complete his college tenure. For the next few years, he traveled around the United States doing odd jobs and learning about the history of the U. When he returned to Ohio, he met Doris Swank through his first cousin. She was employed at the Army Depot in Mansfield and Dad worked there as well. After three dates, he proposed, and she accepted. Glenn and Doris were married June 4, at Mansfield.
Their first child, Shawn, was born in October , followed by their second son Paul in May During Dad's travels in the U. He packed up the Bowman family and drove out to Pierce, Idaho where a summer job with the U. Mom was pregnant with Laura and she was born in August Dad also worked as a substitute German and typing teacher at Pierce in the winter months.
He moved the family to Grangeville. Third son Mark was born in November When a full-time job with the lumber mill in Grangeville was announced in , Dad was hired. Those are the facts. What we his children would like to share is why we thought our Father was the best all-around Dad. He taught us the true meaning of an honest, hard day's work. He worked night shift, day shift and overtime. He worked in freezing temperatures in the winter with only a roof over his head and two walls for shelter.
In the summer, the job was a sweltering site for Dad and his crew mates to perform their work. Many times, especially around Christmas, the mill laid Dad off and things would be a bit tough.
But, his hard-earned wages brought enough money in to feed us very healthy meals, clothe us, pay for braces and art lessons for his daughter, and sports equipment and musical instruments for the boys, and an occasional small token of appreciation for my equally hard-working housemother.
Although exhausted from his work at the mill, Dad found time to play tennis, take us hiking, swimming and sledding. He taught all of us how to drive in the Chevy station wagon on the back-country roads surrounding Grangeville. He taught the boys how to hunt. Together with our Mother, they took us to church, gave us a good education, raised a huge garden and taught us how to be good citizens.
After retiring from the mill, Dad tended to the fruit trees and flower garden with Mom, mowed a half-acre of lawn, split and stacked firewood, plus did most of the cooking and baking to give Mom a break from all those years she handled these tasks. He also worked under the Older American program with the Nez Perce National Forest for two years assisting at the warehouse.
He was a strong man and survived two rounds of prostate cancer, including radiation and chemo. Our family would like to thank Dr. Medenci who helped to assure that Dad had another five years with us. Dad and Mom celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in After living with their daughter for a short time, they moved to Meadowlark Assisted Living Home. Mom passed away in March Dad stayed at Meadowlark for a year and when his daughter retired, he moved in with Randy and Laura.
We had a wonderful year with Dad, until he was diagnosed with diabetes. He also was developing dementia. Due to his additional medical needs, doctors recommended that he move back to Meadowlark where he received the care he needed. Son, Paul passed away in May Dad has 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Thank you, Dad, for showing us the rewards of a good day of hard work, sprinkled with a solid education, a dash of discipline and a whole lot of love.
At his request, cremation has taken place, with Blackmer Funeral Home handling arrangements. Our heartfelt thanks to Meadowlark staff and residents for caring for Dad and being his friend.
And to Syringa Hospice for their tender love and care in his final months. A Celebration of Life will be held in Dad's honor for family and close friends in September in Pierce. We miss you buddy! Memorial services are pending. Fugate, Pierce, passed away Aug. Ardis was born March 3, June McCollister, 97, Orofino. June McCollister passed away Wednesday, Aug. She joined an older sister, Laurinda. Two significant early experiences shaped June's talents and skills.
June was her dad's "boy" and learned to make things and how machines worked. She was also introduced to the world of art as she studied and drew at the Cleveland Museum of Art. June was at the top of her high school graduating class and faced life with optimism and a sense of adventure. As a young adult June was traveling and working with two best friends.
They came to Idaho. Red proposed, knowing that she would be leaving shortly. June and Red married on May 10, in Lewiston, and enjoyed 65 years of married life.
They had three children, a son, Jim, and daughters, Patty and Sandra. June created kindergarten at the Potlatch company school in Headquarters when she recognized that children could benefit.
June's skills and talents led her to designing, remodeling, and decorating. She designed and built knotty pine cabinets for the kitchen at Pink House, with a just-the-right-height baking center with flip top storage in the corner. She painted Pink House pink. June could operate a skill saw, reupholster furniture, and float and tape sheetrock.
June's theory was "just go to the library and look it up. She later worked as an elementary school aid. June had a deep interest in watercolors of merit. June's watercolors reflected her confidence and willingness to learn. Based in drawing skills, as well as color and design theory, June's work capably records the region, the river, the landscape.
June was an active member in the Clearwater Art Association. There were many family activities, camping trips, going to the ocean, and driving kids to and from their activities. June had faith in her kids and bolstered them as needed. June was also a serious bridge player and always enjoyed a game and her bridge buddies. Red and June had fun with camper club, square dance and dance club. June is also survived by her companion and friend, Maggie Cram, who helped care for her and brightened June's mornings the past few years.
The family thanks the staffs of Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health and Rehabilitations for their kindness and skillful support as June enjoyed her later years. Cremation has taken place with a memorial for both June and Red to take place in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Friends of the Library in Orofino to support art learning in Clearwater Memorial Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program.
As June said in , "Libraries are such a good thing to be interested in. Thornton, 81, Orofino, passed away Aug. He was born Oct. Memorial servicse are pending. Cahala, 67, Weippe, passed away Aug. She was born March 14, No services are planned at this time. Shirley Finke, 79, Orofino.
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of a great loss to our family. Shirley Bullock Finke was called away from this earth on Friday, Aug. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure and COPD for an extended period of time and her frail body finally gave up the fight.
Shirley was born on Nov. After losing both parents to illness at a very young age, Shirley was raised by her grandmother, Velma Tull. She married Jim Finke in and spent her entire life in Orofino with her husband and children close by. Shirley's first passion was her family.
She and her husband, Jim, enjoyed a marriage that spanned 58 years. There was never a holiday or a family gathering that her home was not a hub of hospitality to celebrate the event. She loved caring for her family and making her home a beautiful place to be. Though Shirley was a woman small in frame, she was large, strong and powerful in her ability to protect and to nurture those whom she loved.
Not only those born naturally to her but additionally, those who would come under her wing because someone that she loved showed up with someone that they loved. Her circle of surrogate grandchildren grew with every new friend that her kids, her grandkids, and dare I say, even her great-grandkids dragged through her door.
Shirley was blessed with eight grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her dear grandmother Velma Tull, her parents, Joe and Juanita, her niece, Traci Coon Kalamon, and by Jim, her beloved husband of 58 yrs. At Shirley's request there will not be a memorial service.
When making the donation please make note that it is in honor of Shirley Finke. Mary Margaret 'Maggi' Alsager, 69, formerly of Orofino. Alsager and Cecelia Walsh Alsager, and joined her 2-year-old brother, John, at home. Maggi married William B. Ross on June 6, , in Moscow. Al Frostad, a pediatrician in Pullman. They moved to St. Louis in , and Maggi was employed at St. John's Medical Center as a burn unit nurse. Relocating to Los Gatos, CA, in , Maggi began as a staff nurse at Alexian Brothers Hospital San Jose , and moved into nursing administration and became the director of nursing at the hospital.
Divorced in , Maggi continued living in Campbell and was very involved with community groups, including the Sunnyvale Sunrise Rotary Club, where she was elected the first female president. In her free time, she enjoyed hosting dinner parties for a friendship group of 12 in San Jose and treasured those long-term friendships. In , a reconnection with Ron 'Simon' Frye, a high school sweetheart, found her returning to north Idaho.
They were married at Lake Tahoe on Dec. Maggi picked the Pearl Harbor date for their marriage so Ron would always remember. After living in Orofino, they relocated to Lewiston and their present home. Maggi was very devoted and committed to helping others in her community, focusing her efforts especially on Willow Center for Grieving Children and suicide prevention, education and support groups.
Maggi retired from ITD as the district business manager in October Maggi was always giving and doing for others. Even in illness, she thought of family and friends before herself. Her granddaughters consider her the greatest Nana in the world. Maggi and Ron enjoyed ski vacations, golf, camping on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and travel, and they always included family and friends in their adventures.
Maggi was preceded in death by her parents; her nephew, Sven Alsager; and her mother-in-law, Helen Frye. The family appreciates the help of Kindred Hospice and especially thanks Kay and Samantha for their loving care of Maggi. The service will be at 10 a. Condolences may be shared at malcoms malcomsfuneralhome. Mary Margaret 'Maggi' Alsager Frye. Eugene 'Woody' Bausch, Our Woody lost his four-year battle with cancer Wednesday morning, Aug.
Woody Bausch was born Nov. He grew up loving the outdoors of Idaho, hunting, fishing and camping. He graduated from Orofino High School in He at-tended the University of Idaho. During the summers of his college years he worked for the forest service on fire crew working his way up to crew boss. He graduated with a degree in music ed-ucation in fulfilling his lifelong love of music. He began his teaching career in Weippe and Pierce, producing superior bands.
He married Tam Judy in In , he headed to Petersburg, AK, to accept a teaching job. He stayed five years, coming back to Orofino in to teach for one year. In he headed back to Alaska, to Haines this time, to again teach music.
There he met Colleen Bieleski, who taught fourth grade. They married in and he gained a five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter along with his wife. In , they added a son, making their family complete. Woody retired in In May of he traveled to Africa on a photo safari.
Colleen retired in and they moved their family south to Orofino where they lived until During that time, he pursued his love of photography producing many beautiful images and producing and selling a book of his favorite photos he had taken of the Clearwater region.
Woody also made and sold notecards and postcards, took senior and wedding pictures during his time doing photography. Woody started directing the Orofino Community Choir after moving to the area and continued to do so successfully, sharing his love of music with the choir members and the community for 20 years.
They produced a CD of spiritual songs during that time. In September of , health forced a move to Lewiston. Woody was diagnosed with esophageal and liver cancer in The cancer moved to his brain in He endured three and a half years of treatment before he ran out of op-tions. He fought the good fight for four years. He also has numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Dan Bausch. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug.
Potluck dinner will follow at the church after the service. A private burial will be held at Normal Hill Cemetery lat-er in the afternoon. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice. Eugene 'Woody' Bausch, 74, formerly of Orofino. Thomas Moses, 31, Kamiah.
Thomas Moses, 31, died Aug. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho is assisting the family. June McCollister, 97, Orofino, passed away Aug.
She was born June 19, He attended Lapwai High School and graduated in He participated in football, basketball, baseball and boxing. After high school, he was drafted by the U. Army from to He married Sylvia Penney on Aug. They resided in Glasgow, MT, for a short period of time, then returned to the Lapwai area to raise their four sons.
Being a skilled, hard worker, he provided for his family working many jobs, starting from his early days in forestry, on to truck driving for Lime Stone Enterprises, and construction. With his love and pride for the Nimiipuu people and land, he joined the National Park Service as a ranger and interpreter.
In his later years, he decided to attend Lewis-Clark State College to finish his education. Due to his health, he was a semester short of receiving a bachelor's degree in Native American studies. With his experience, he went on to coach youth baseball and basketball.
One of his highlights was winning the B. Tourney Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs three years in a row. With the next generation, he took joy in watching his grandchildren, Victoria and Silky Smooth, and Lydell and the Warriors, traveling the Pacific Northwest to basketball tournaments. More than anything in this world, he loved to spend time with his family: He showed them how to live in harmony with Mother Earth.
He taught them all of the sacred places in the mountains and rivers, to hunt, gather and fish. Being a strong, spiritual man, he shared his knowledge of his ancestors through storytelling and the way of the sweat lodge. Open denomination services will follow at 6 p. Wahlasut services to follow at 7 p. Sunrise burial was held at 7 a. Thursday at Webb Cemetery. She was born Feb. He was born Aug. Darlene Bacon, 87, formerly of Pierce, Headquarters. Darlene Rose Bacon was born Nov. Bacon and Celia S.
She died Thursday, July 19, She completed high school in Pierce in while living in Headquarters with her uncle and aunt, Lewis and Edith Bacon. Darlene married Donald Thornton in They lived in Pierce, Enterprise, OR. They had two daughters and four sons. The marriage ended in She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and with a master's degree in social work in She maintained social relationships with her Pierce High School classmates, as well as with Headquarters neighbors of times past, meeting regularly for lunch with both groups.
She was a member of the Social Concerns Committee and of St. Mary's League, both of St. She had a lifelong interest in live theater and became involved in several productions at Lewiston Civic Theatre following her retirement. Darlene is survived by one brother, Les G. Dan Emerich, Douglas R. Toni Thornton, Donalee T. Wilkinson and Daniel J.
Darlene is a communicant of Holy Family Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a. A luncheon will follow at the parish hall. Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home. Wanda Head, 84, Peck postmaster. She was surrounded by her children. Wanda was born Dec. She attended school in Orofino and in graduated from Orofino High School, where her mother, her siblings and four children also graduated.
After high school, Wanda worked as a waitress and as a bakery clerk. She married Arlee B. They were founding members of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lewiston. In , they built their family home and ranch on Angel Ridge outside of Peck. The couple divorced in Always hard-working, Wanda began her career at the Peck post office in and retired as its postmaster in She enjoyed this job, one block away from her house, where she was able to keep in touch with her community as they each came to pick up their mail.
Wanda also was a leader for many years in the Big Canyon 4-H Club and took every opportunity she could to serve her community. We are forever grateful to the close neighbors and friends in Peck who watched over Wanda as her health began to fail. Wanda married an old high school friend, John Apfelbeck, in , in Orofino.
He joined Wanda at her home in Peck, and they enjoyed more than 20 years together. John cared for Wanda at their home until , when she moved to Brookside Landing care center in Orofino. Wanda often was quiet, but she had a great network of friends who were very dear to her. She will be remembered by many for her quick wit and dry sense of humor, and her love for music and family. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed traveling and went to many Postmaster's Association meetings across the country.
Wanda also participated in a bowling league in Orofino for many years and enjoyed many friendships with bowling mates. She achieved a lifelong dream in when she traveled to Denmark with her siblings to visit relatives and learn about their heritage. Wanda's surviving children and their families are: Wanda also had 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p. A covered-dish dinner will be held following the service. Graveside service will be held at Saturday at Riverside Cemetery in Orofino. Merchant Funeral Home of Clarkston is in charge of arrangements. Wanda Elizabeth Munck Head.
Opal White passed away Saturday, July 7, , from lung cancer. She was 90 years old. She spent her first 15 years in Colorado, and the family moved to Lewiston in She worked at the C.
Opal married Glenn R. White on June 20, , at Lenore. They both attended business college shortly after their marriage. Their daughter, Patricia, was born in , and a son, Patrick, was born in After the children graduated from high school, Opal waited tables at the Chicken Broaster. She later worked at Potlatch Forests Inc. After 10 years at Potlatch, she then traveled with her husband for the next 20 years while he was the inspector for new water and wastewater plants.
They attended many Hellcat Army reunions during those years. They became members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Lewiston in and attended other churches during their travels. Glenn passed away in She helped Ginger financially with her college living expenses, and kept in touch with old friends, bringing encouragement and laughter.
She felt blessed with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Patrick White of Alaska; daughter Patricia White of Lewiston; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2: Margaret Jean Calland Fine, 94, Orofino. Margaret Jean Calland Fine was born on Sept. She began life on the Calland Homestead in Grangemont. Margaret attended school for the first eight grades at Grangemont and rode horse back to and from school with her older brother Charlie. Eventually, little sister, Corrie joined them, three on one horse. The Calland family loved living in Grangemont in their log cabin that her father, Cal built.
The siblings shared many wonderful memories through stories of their adventures in the meadows and woods. Margaret moved to Orofino to complete high school and lived with her aunts and uncles. One of her first jobs was at Swanteks Drug Store, at the soda fountain. She loved Orofino High School and made many lifelong friends there and at her various jobs.
She shared so many interesting stories about those years. Eventually, she went to work in a camp out of Waha and that is where she met "Mr. Handsome", Deryl 'Dude' Fine. After Dude's return, they lived in and around the Clearwater Valley, finally settling in Orofino.
Margaret worked for the telephone company for many years, back when it was a switchboard operation, and then went to work for Stoddard Electric until retirement at the age of Margaret wrote and self-published two books about her life in Grangemont and one book about her experiences as a flunky for PFI.
She wrote these books for her family but they became so popular that she sold many copies. She was a great storyteller and would entertain her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on road trips.
Margaret was very social, loved entertaining, playing pinochle, going to Grangemont for picnics, dancing the night away, family holidays and dining out with friends. She was predeceased by her parents the J. The family will hold a memorial for Margaret in the fall. Margaret Jean Calland Fine. Rick was born on April 25, , in Ontario, OR. His early childhood was spent in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah, following construction jobs with his family.
He was married to Diane Benedict in , and from that marriage his daughter, Lyn, was born. They later divorced, and he married Karen P. Charpentier Maxey in , and they had two daughters, Jenni and Marci. Rick and Karen were getting ready to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary.
Rick worked construction jobs ranging from diesel mechanic to welder and heavy equipment operator. After many years in the construction field, he began rebuilding the crane for the Port of Clarkston, WA, in the mids. His position was elevated to port manager, and he continued his work there until his retirement in He was then elected as a port commissioner, a position he served in until his death. He was passionate about the brotherhood of the Masonic Order and the Shrine Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rue M. A Masonic memorial ceremony and interment at the Holy Family Columbarium followed. A celebration of Rick's life was then held at a luncheon at the parish hall on site.
Fine, 94, Orofino, passed away Sunday, July 8, , in Orofino. Pine Hills Funeral Chapel of Orofino is in charge of arrangements. He fought a short but rugged battle with liver cancer. Fred was born Oct. He had one sister, Elaine Miller. Fred, with his mother and sister Elaine, lived in western Washington after his parents' divorce. His mother married Charlie Matthews, and the family moved to Pierce in Fred and Elaine then got more siblings: He usually referred to his alma mater as PU Pierce University.
After graduation, he married Beth McIntosh and inherited four stepsons. Sadly, Baby Fred passed when he was a month old. Beth and Fred later divorced. Fred found his friend, Donna Birch, and they were married in Donna had three sons: Terry, Mike and Mark. They divorced some years later, but still remained friends These stepchildren were not mentioned in the list of surviving and deceased loved ones because up-to-date information was not available. In , Fred met Julie Weissenfels and they were married in They made their home in Orofino until August , when they moved to Clarkston.
Fred won the admiration and respect of Julie's children and their families. They called him Pops. Fred was fondly called Freddy, Killer or Mr. Nice by his friends. He would meet with his friends at Deano's in Orofino every day he was not working. When he moved to Clarkston, WA, the meetings continued on a weekly basis with the Pierce boys his classmates and friends.
A celebration of life is planned for a later date. Please watch the newspaper for details. Casey Lynn Jacobsen Hanson, 49, born in Orofino. Casey was born on a beautiful summer morning, Aug. She spent the first six years of her life in Orofino then moved with her Mother to Boise where she attended grade school.
The family including her wonderful step father Ralph moved to Lewiston for a time and Casey played the flute at Jennifer Junior High. The family, now including her little brother Chad, then returned to Boise where she graduated with honors from Boise High. In the spring of she started at the University of Idaho earning two Bachelors of Science degrees and a minor in five years. While attending her last year in college she met Dan Hanson and they got married on Jan.
She loved the University and truly enjoyed working with Alumni and CEO's and making many lifelong friends all over the states of Idaho, Washington, and California. Casey always wanted a horse and she finally got her dream when her Grampa Dude gave her Elito, a beautiful chestnut Arabian gelding.
Elito had been abused and it took a lot of work but they bonded and he was truly her horse. As a college graduation present her parents gave her a golden palomino gelding, named Spook.
They were a treasured part of her life for 30 years. Casey was blessed with two children: They were the light of her life. Casey protected and nurtured Paige and Lane with all she had. Casey infused her children with a zest for life and adventures. Casey loved to travel and go on adventures.
She would decide on the destination and would plan the trip for months ahead of time. Thanks to her hard work the family had many wonderful trips all over the US and even a magical trip to Europe visiting 17 countries. Casey's last adventure was last August, a day trip to Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon with her beloved family. Casey is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 14, , 2 p. Third Street, Moscow, with Rev. Debbie Sperry and Pastor Kathy Kramer officiating.
You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www. Kyle Roe Wetmore, 47, Orofino.
Kyle Roe Wetmore, 47, Orofino, was shaped and enriched by the north Idaho woods. His favorite moments were spent with friends and family there, or fishing in his boat on the Clearwater River. Kyle passed away in the early morning hours of June 12, Cancer took a husband, father, son, brother and dear friend. They flew to a U. Army base there for his birth, because of the marginal medical facilities in Khartoum.
When word was sent back to friends in Sudan, his name was misunderstood to be "Cairo Kid. When his parents returned to the U. He starred for the Mustangs in both football and basketball. Bringing in the firewood, mowing an acre of lawn and tossing bales for the neighbors during haying season were some of the activities that developed the work ethic which came to characterize him.
He attended the University of Idaho, largely paying for his own education by working in the woods during the summers. Ignoring the advice of his parents to "pursue any career besides forest management," he settled in the College of Natural Resources, where he made the dean's list as an outstanding scholar, graduating with his degree in forestry.
This career was a natural fit for him. Kyle loved the woods and everything associated with that lifestyle. Lifelong loves were hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and snowmobiling, looking for morel mushrooms as well as antler sheds. All of these activities paled in comparison to the love he had for his wife, Jennifer. Kyle and Jen met at a Wetmore family reunion in She was there because of her previous close ties with other Wetmore families in Washington.
They were married in Meeting at the reunion has become a running family joke. With their marriage, Kyle gained a family, as Jennifer had two previous children, James and Cheyenne. Soon there were two more: Kyle loved all of his children and enjoyed sharing with them his knowledge and experience of the woods and river. He was known for high-quality work and he earned the respect of IFG colleagues, state of Idaho and U.
Forest Service foresters, and the many logging and forestry contractors with whom he worked in the industry. He was also IFG's program manager for the initiative. Idaho Forest Group became family to Kyle and Jen, and they are forever grateful for the kindness shown during his long battle. Kyle's entire family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the incredible gifts of their love and support.
During his illness, Kyle received hundreds of prayers and gifts. In his final days, he was able to see how very many lives he touched, by the many, many friends and family that surrounded him.
He was well loved, and in his own words, he "had a good life". A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Kyle's life will take place at 2 p. We could list where she was born, where she lived throughout her life and where she worked. None of that would truly describe what kind of person she was.
We could use all those loving adjectives that are commonly used to describe a loved one who has passed, but it still wouldn't give a true sense of her. She lived her life with the concern and welfare of everyone else ahead of herself, so I think she would be pleased with this.
She married Bob Britton when she was 17 years old, and went on to have five daughters: She dedicated her life to her marriage and the raising of her kids. Her marriage to Bob may not have lasted a lifetime, but his love, admiration and respect for her did last her lifetime.
That is a testament to her in itself. Later she married Ed Dammarell. They, several years later, also divorced, then both eventually went on to live at Life Care of Lewiston. Up to the end of his life, you could see Ed watch her from across the room and see the devotion and love for her in his eyes. Another life, forever touched by her. Ed brought much more to her life when they married. His son, Vern Dammarell, was adored by her from the moment she met him and he would forever thereafter be her son.
Coincidentally, Vern would go on to become the love of her daughter, Myrna's life. She also acquired two daughters from that marriage: Charlotte Roberts-Candia and Sissie Olson. We say daughters because that's what they were to her. People use the term "stepchildren" or call it a "blended" family.
Not so with her. When she embraced you with her love, you knew it was real and you knew it was forever. She had sons-in-law throughout her life, but none of them thought of her as "mother-in-law". There is one exception, Hugh Tannahill, husband to daughter Shirley. He may be a son-in-law, but more than that, she always said if her daughter hadn't married him, she would have stole him for herself. I attached 3 images of the two Night Herons I made. I did the stitch and glue with my massage therapist and then needed to make the stripper version for myself.
These images were taken on a 3-day trip to Long Island Little Tybee. You guys design really great boats! Thank you for teaching the "Jimmy Skiff" class at the Wooden Boat School and helping me accomplish my goal of building a boat. I'm very proud of my efforts. Enclosed are just a few pictures of our Jimmy Skiff. It was an absolute pleasure to build with my child, Simon and Emeri. We had to build her under the stars but it was a wonderful experience to share with my children.
This is a truly beautiful skiff and having built some the "old fashioned way" I was amazed at what a true skiff she is. I heartily recommend this boat to any father that wants to share this type of experience with their children. I can not thank you enough for this design, the kit, and the memories. It was finished over a year ago, and still looks stunning.
Nested, it fits on the cabin top of our sailboat as if it was made for it with a minor reshape of the transom top profile. Thank you for your support for the Friends of the Petaluma River small boat building project. I've attached images of the launching of our first boat, the Eve-O.
I hope you enjoy them. It has been a real pleasure building your boats. My wife and I have gone on a dozen trips in 5 western states and really enjoyed our Teardrop.
It has provided a great stimulus to travel. Thanks for making this happen. The Night Heron looked good on the car, but looked even better in the water. You provide a great product and experience to your customers! Love the boat kit. Thank you for the complementary t-shirts and cap… you guys know how to take care of your customers. If you look closely in the photo, you can see the cap already collecting sawdust on my drill press.
My family Sassafras is almost complete, and not soon enough, because the cedar strips for the night heron that are sitting on the garage floor are haunting my dreams.
In addition, my wife has her eye on the Kaholo 14 so… not sure I should say thanks, but more like you, personally, have ruined us for life! At least she gave me until after retirement 30 years from now for the Pocketship! Just wanted to personally thank you and your people again for all of your hard work and dedication! Many thanks for your fantastic kit.
The kit was almost too easy, instructions clear, materials all of high quality. And, the best service ever—orders usually shipped the same day and correctly.
I've recently completed construction of one of your Eastport Pram dinghies and I am very pleased with the results. Thanks for making such a great product available. Later this year, I intend to purchase the sail kit which I am very excited about. We just launched our triple coffee table! Not only did it float, but it moved through the water effortlessly.
For a couple approaching geezerhood it was a relief as well as exhilarating! Thanks for all of your valuable assistance and for not laughing out loud at my questions. I have never attempted a project of this nature before. In fact the only wood working experience I have had is tossing another log on a fire. A plan is in the works to build another of your kayaks next winter. Yes, I really did row out into the middle of the lake to hoist the main and give it a go.
Before I deployed the rudder. And before I dropped in the dagger board. The whole thing was great fun. Laura and I built a cardboard model before we ordered the kit. It could just barely make the turn into the attic closet and out the window. We measured more carefully as we were actually squirting the boat out, we have enough room to eject a Chesapeake 17 and that will be this winter's project.
I've finally finished my boat and the experience has been worth every penny I've put into this beauty. People come to see and touch. Everytime people see this boat I find myself spending more time talking than rowing. But what the hey, I'm proud! Thanks for your good work! About ready to order my next kit. I just wanted to let you know that I finished my Annapolis Wherry, got it in the water last week and I love it!
Living in Western NY makes for challenging weather conditions for expoxying, painting, and varnishing what with cold temperatures followed by rainy, humid weather.
But I worked around it and am very happy with the results of what is my first boat build. I was pretty new to just about everything involved and was continually waiting for the first disaster to occur, but it never did! The build manual was very complete and CLC's John Staub gave very timely and thorough advice when I emailed in questions. The boat's primary home is at our family camp on a small lake in the Adirondacks in NY. We cartopped it there last week and baptized it in the lake. It rows like a dream and is so fast and smooth compared to any other rowboat I've been in.
The only potential problem now with having a boat that is so fast, is that we need a bigger lake! Thanks for such a great kit building experience that allowed me to now own such a beautiful boat. Unfortunately, it hasn't been in the water as much as I would like but that time will come. Something that's so important, especially when a lot of your customer are novice builders like myself.
I bought your Chester Yawl kit last May, and launched the boat in August. The quality and presision of the kit was much appreciated. This is a photo of my just finished Shearwater 17 that paddles like a dream. This was the most fun that I've had in a long time. My first time working with fiberglass and epoxy, a wonderful learning experience. Many positive comments already.
Thanks to everyone at CLC for the support on this build. My son and I built her and enjoy paddling and fishing, but my little girl loves to put up the sail! Part of the draw was having a project to do together with my kids. I hoped that they would have a deep satisfaction and happy memories from building something with their own hands.
Midway through the process my son was gently running the hand plan along the rub rail and watching the dainty curls of wood shavings cascade around his feet. He looked up at me and said, "Dad, I don't know why but doing this just makes me feel happy". I knew he got it! It paddles fast, and is super stable, and holds a bunch of gear. It was two years ago I had initially launched my Night Heron and I'm still in love with how well she handles and looks. Thanks for creating this avenue to unlimited FUN!
I Built a Chesapeake 18 back in and have been meaning to pass along the photos for some time. I added some custom work including a day hatch, inking of the hatch covers, and a few more things. I have less time to kayak now - but I still love being able to cut through the water in this beauty whenever I can.
What a wonderful boat! Light, fast, tracks well and turns when you need it. After 70 hours of dedicated building today I launched my Chesapeake A wonderful experience, thanks for the detailed plans and the great design, this boat is truly a seaworthy kayak! Steve and myself both had our launch of brand new homemade wooden kayaks. Steve launched his beautiful, featherlite Petrel while I launched with my son our handsome Chesapeake Sport Tandem.
Champagne poured like water on both vessels and each of us tried the other boat. As you can see we also had quite a gathering of wooden kayaks which are becoming more and more popular. I just wanted to send a picture of the progress on my Skerry. I am loving every minute of the build.
I have a little over 90 hours into it, but have been spending a lot of time on some modifications. They include custom rails and a trolling motor integrated in the rudder I plan to build a second rudder for sailing. Austin treated me great when you visited Miami! What a wonderful experience it has been to build this boat.
I was hesitant, but with a little help and your wonderful directions and plans I completed the project. It actually went together just as you said it would. I also found many of the discussions posted on the forum most helpful.
Again thanks for a great product and for providing me with what I hope to be many years of happy paddling. I finished my Chesapeake 17… finally. It really was worth all the effort. The paddler is Benjamin, my grandson. He is paddling the Wood Duckling that I built him for his 7th birthday.
He lives in South Florida and so the boat is ideal for him to explore among the mangroves with his father. Benjamin was able to help to build some parts of the boat. It handles amazingly well. It tracks well enough for him to be able to paddle in a straight line, yet is easy for him to turn. I'm a novice stitch-and-glue builder; a fan of your work since my first project last winter turned out to be a pair of Wood Duck 10s.
For my girlfriend, her duck is her first boat and an introduction to the fun of messing around in boats. On her behalf especially I want to congratulate you on making a design that first and foremost made her feel at home, secure and comfortable afloat, such an important part of starting out. For my part, I want to express my appreciation to you for drawing such a nicely proportioned little boat: I never tire of looking at them, and one of the great satisfactions of giving one away is being able to see it from a distance as well as from inside when we're out on the water together.
It was a great project for us to do together -- we do not hang wallpaper, but can build a CLC kayak together!!!! This is my first full size boat I have ever built! Prior to this project, I built the Independence pond yacht, lots of model airplanes, and browsed your catalogs for years. I had a wonderful time watching it take shape, made some mistakes and learned a lot. The best surprise was when we made the maiden voyage August 26!
My wife and I were very pleased with the stability and nice easy paddling characteristics! Thank you for such a great experience! I'm very pleased with the kits, manuals and the building process. Not to mention the use of the boats. I estimate that I used approximately 70 hours on each boat, and they where built on a small arctic island called Jan Mayen. There was one thing that I wasn't prepared for: The silence in these wooden boats compared to fibreglass kayaks.
This is a quality I really appreciate, and that you most definitely can emphasize more in your information about wooden kayaks. I am dropping you a note to say thanks designing the Mill Creek We are very happy with the versatility of this boat as Montana has so many different waters to choose from. In these boats we enjoy fishing, camping and watching our eleven-year-old son handle the Mill Creek like it was made for him. Just a quick note to let you know that we launched our double yesterday afternoon.
It handled even better than I had dreamed, truly an excellent design!!! Thanks again for all the help and support! We started in late October, and working part time through the winter, we completed the project in late April. They went in the water in the Sierra Nevada foot hills for the first time April 30th. Our woodworking skills weren't too great in the beginning, so we had to use a little exterior filler, thus the paint jobs.
In spite of our initial lack of skill, the kayaks were easy and fun to build. We are both eager to join you once again in Sacramento to test drive other models so we can start another project for the winter. This took me 75 hours including the sanding and finishing. Your kit worked beautifully. I think I used all of your shop notes and they really helped. Believe me I am no woodworker but this boat came out nice.
Even my carpenter friends were impressed. The boat tracks great and holds a ton of gear! Thanks for producing such a great product.
Over the past year my Son Zachary and I have been tackling our first boat building project. We selected the Hybrid Night Heron. It was a challenging build, but if two newbies like us can do it while avoiding the dreaded Viking Funeral, anyone can! Thanks for your support, and for the quality and attention to detail that you build into each kit.
Thought I would send along pictures of the Eastport Pram I built last winter-spring. It is so nice to get on the water early in the morning, not get caught in the rush hour traffic and save fuel all at the same time. Here are some photos of my latest, a Shearwater17 Hybrid. We launched this past Saturday in the Mystic River, near the Seaport. The boat handled great with my and family onboard.
Just wanted to drop a line to say what a great product you make. I was surprised by my wife Carol with the Eastport kit last March for a 25th wedding anniversary gift. What a nice surprise. It sat in the box in my basement 'till December when I finally started on it. All in all the build went well, without any 'hitches' overall.
I did need to purchase more epoxy, but probably overmixed a few times. Finally launched on Memorial Day. It rows easily and I received great praise from alot of folks around the marina as a few people besides my wife and I took turns rowing it.
John has really designed a beautiful product here and I am very pleased with the results. Keep up the good work. Wishing much continued success with your present and future kits. Sincerely , "A Brother in Boating! I found her quite a speedy craft and a very pleasant row. Now I just need to work on my fitness. Thanks for all your teachings and advice. Let me thank you for providing people the opportunity to build stunningly beautiful wooden boats by themselves.
I just recently completed my Shearwater 17 Hybrid. Both building and paddling this beauty have been a wonderful experience. Simply heaven as you can see on the attached pics taken after a tour on the lake Rurtal on a calm day in march.
It was my first boatbuilding project that went smoothly thanks to your well made manual, vids and the helpful support from your branch in Germany. Way to go CLC! I just returned from a trip from Outer Banks N. Every spring my brother and I take a kayak trip in April, This year I made him leave his plastic boat home, I was tired of waiting for him to catch up and made him use one of my small fleet of CLC boats three so far.
With me on my paddle board and him in a kayak he was waiting for me. After kayaking I find the view from my paddle board eye opening, I can't tell you how many sting-rays I saw. Do I like my board? I have paddled 8 times so far and can only feel sorry for my kayaks. See you at Okoumefest. My wife built hers Mengib 2 without any prior woodworking experience teaching her how to drive a nail straight so she could attach the deck and build her slat seat was a hoot.
She commented frequently that she had to learn an entirely new language "You want me to 'plane the shear clamps'? What the heck does that mean?!! And what's a rolling bevel? As an Elementary School Principal for a school in Fairfax County, Virginia with a highly diverse population including many Limited English Proficient LEP students, she used her kayak building we took many pictures of her work-in-progress as a story prompt for all the students which gave the children for whom English was their first language as well as her teaching staff an idea of what it was like to do something for which she had no language and no experience.
A truly powerful teaching tool. We finished the Mill Creeks over this past fall and spring, and launched them in mid-July The first picture was taken the day we launched them. The second is when we were out just enjoying an afternoon paddle. I had a great time building the pram. It was my first "wooden boat" project. I see another one in my future! Recently finished a Shearwater What an awesome kayak. The Shearwater is by far the best looking and among the best handling stitch and glues on the market.
Congratulations on such a tremendous design. Enjoy your day, Steve. Thanks for your help with questions I had during the building process. I learned so much. Though you might like to see the finished product.
I must say that I was greatly surprised at the speed and efficiency with which the Mill Creek paddles. There was no way the solo kayakers could keep up with us. It tracks well, the draft remains shallow, it's very quiet, the hatches are a waterproof seal, and it is quite rigid. My expectations were exceeded in all respects.
Thanks for the design and the help by phone. We will enjoy this boat. You have a satisfied customer. I get lots of compliments on the appearance of the boat, as its so refreshing to see a wooden kayak, and its human nature I guess that people really like the natural wood appearance. People honk and give me the "thumbs up" on the highway when I'm carrying it, and other kayakers on the river always want to stop and talk to me about it.
Of course, I give you full credit. Great plans and kit. A pleasure to build. I'll probably add the Kaholo 14 letters to the deck as soon as I have them made. I took it out yesterday for the first time, I'm really sore today. Thank god for vicodin. Just wanted to say thanks for a great set of plans. I've been paddling around Banks Peninsula in New Zealand and am well pleased. I made a few modifications including a skeg and kajaksport hatches. Hi and just an update on the kayak I built a year ago.
Stable, FAST, and easy to maneuver. I have taken him on three paddles with the NE Wisconsin Heritage paddles and had a great time. I took it to a wood boat show this past weekend in Green Lake Wisconsin and passed out several printouts of the Chesapeake 16LT spec page. I do have to tell you that there was one guy who just could not believe that I built it.
Thank you again, for about the millionth time, for ALL your kindness, help and generous gift of your time to advise me along the course of construction and finishing. Buying a kayak kit is not just getting the bits and pieces to put together, it's the people in the organization who make the difference Cheers to CLC for a great design and a great little boat!
Many Thanks for a great kit and an enjoyable project. I built this [Cocktail Class Racer] for my granddaughter's first boat. She is very excited to start using it. Almost finished with the project a few more things to do and we will be running. I have been rowing and sailing my Northeaster Dory for almost two months now and I love this boat.
It's a very versatile design that rows well although you are moving a lot of boat through the water and sails great. We have had it up to 6. It's light enough for two people to carry it a short distance up a beach -- a great plus for camp-cruisers and beachgoers. Plus it is beautiful and I get compliments on it wherever I go. I'm confident in its seaworthiness and will be taking it up to Maine for a weeklong cruise in August.
Thanks for the great design and the very well-engineered kit! We pretty much finished! I finished the [Shearwater 17 Hybrid] yesterday and took it out for a spin in the evening. Thanks a ton for the great design! Really enjoyed the process and now the rowing! Just a quick note to let you know that I am still enjoying my WD immensely!! Thanks again for a wonderful product! I completed this over a year ago and have used it many times, most often for my son's Boy Scout troop camping events.
What a great experience building this boat. I've been amazed at the admirers, even people who aren't into kayaks. Thanks for the great plans and instructions. Great boats, great time and great pride paddling my kayak! Thanks again for your excellent products.
Enclosed are a couple of pictures of my Chesapeake I've had it on a number of rivers and on Lake Michigan twice since I finished it in early February. I loved working on it and had little trouble figuring out the directions.
When I did, you were quick with the replies to my questions which I really appreciated. Love the boat and the stitch and glue process. It took about 40 hours build time and weighs 42 pounds. I put her in the water I have few words to describe it.. There, in that world of drop dead gorgeous boats??? Every aspect of the project, from the demo to the last coat of varnish, was enjoyable. The supplies provided with the kit were complete and generous.
The materials were flawless. I had never built a kayak or a boat before and all the information you provided helped me through the project with no problems and very few questions. The kayak came out virtually perfect. You're all so kind: I'm wonderfully fortunate to be associated with you and I'll gladly share my photo with you!
Thanks for all that you folks do and stand for, I'm proud to be associated in any way. Sundial is finished and ready for her captain. Built from the kit, it was a breeze. Thanks for making it so easy. The transom was painted by an artist friend of the family. I look forward to my children's children's children enjoying it for generations to come.
Thought I would send you a picture of my wood duck 12, affectionately referred to as "the duck. It was a windy day so I had some good chop in the bay in which to play. The boat handles and paddles just like a dream Thank you John and everyone at CLC I tried my hand at a few customizations.
Once that was done, there was not anything I could not do. As I have said before, it has been a wonderful experience. Your product was perfectly suited for my modest construction skills allowing me to gan confidence and new skills as I went along.
Your technical staff were always ready to gently explain what to do when I was confused or had a problem. I also found a fellow locally, Steve Miller, who had build one of your kayaks and lives nearby. I found him on your site.
He was always available for a consultation and was at the launch. So you see it really did take a village. As promised, here are some photos of our event held the last Saturday in June at the annual Gwynns Island Festival. We had six families. Groups built six peace canoes in one day. We helped things along by pre-assembling the bottom and sde panels as well as the scarfed lengths of spruce for the chine logs and the sheer clamps. These pre-assembled parts were all epoxy glued.
All in all we had a great day. Got lots of press and plenty of onlookers. The 35 individuals who saw to it that the six canoes got built had a wonderful time, made new friends, and learned something about boat construction. Thanks to all our help toward making this event a success.
I've taken it all over Maryland and everywhere I go people tell me how gorgeous it is and ask if I built it myself! I always tell them where I got it and how it's put together. I'm gonna help a friend build one soon. Thanks a lot for all your help on the phone! Thanks for your help. View is to the north of James and Sidney islands. Not a great sailing day but perfect otherwise. Thanks for all the great designs and excellent customer service. Thanks CLC for a great build Thanks again for such a great product.
It was a joy to build. We made a couple modifications including a spruce mast, douglas fir spars and polytarp sail. She has graphite thickened epoxy on the bottom and is slick and tough.
She was named Heresy, was launched a couple of weeks ago and is sailed in Pensacola, FL. She has a desirable ever-so-slight lee helm. I'm already looking forward to the next project. I had no wood working experience and the boat just came together because of good design and easy to follow instructions. Finally finished my CH17 this weekend!! I went for an all paint finish and I love it. Thanks for the plans and help!
You guys are awesome, I have people asking me where I got the plans from and I sent them to you! What a thing of beauty it is! All the parts are beautifully cut out and the included plans and documentation are very thorough.
You should all be very proud of your efforts. I could not be more pleased. Thank-you all so much and a huge, huge thank-you to John Harris. John, you are one of the good guys in this world and you have really helped to make my simple dream of building my own boat a reality. The CLC staff has been terrific, answering even the most simple or farfetched questions with patience and good humor.
The class was an unbelievable experience for a woman whose only previous experience with power tools was a hair dryer. But I never would've gotten through the analysis paralysis to finish the kayak without your help.
I recently finished building my new Chesapeake Again, it was a very rewarding and satisfying experience and the results are the best yet! The speed of the boat is surprising. The boat has exceeded all expectations in the water, and I feel like I own the "perfect kayak" for my requirements.
I just finished my Chesapeake 17 and thought I would send you a quick note of appreciation for your fine kit. The Chesapeake is the first boat I have ever built, and the fact that it turned out beautifully despite the mis-adventures I had building it, has to say something about the fine engineering and quality of your kit.
Completing this boat has truly been a dream come true. Thanks for the help, the great kit and design. Thanks for your help--the kit, design and materials were first class. I finally finished the Wood Duck 10 for my wife. It is quite nimble and tracks wonderfully!
Thanks for producing a great kit. Many cheers and thanks to Chesapeake Light Craft who designed the Northeaster Dory, cut the wood, supplied the fiberglass, epoxy, and hardware, and always answered the phone. Might have a bias, but I'm pretty sure I had the best looking boat out there. The finished kayak looks great and performs even better. It handes nicely and glides through the water smoothly and quietly. Thank you for providing both quality products and excellent service.
We are already looking forward to building another kayak. It has been a wonderful experience made all the better by the amazing customer service from the team at Chesapeake Light Craft.
BTW, have just ordered a Northeaster Dory as my next project. Just a brief note to let you know how delighted I am with the service and assistance that I received from your company during the construction of my WR last spring.
I would have written sooner but have been busy paddling. Speaking as a wood shop teacher, with some 30 years experience, I must compliment you on the quality and completeness of your kit. I spent some time researching the various kit suppliers before deciding on CLC and have no regrets. I was delighted with every aspect of the hardware, literature and support. Thanks again for your great service. I finally successfully built and varnished the Sassafras with lot of enjoyable struggles.
In addition, I installed a row-wing with sliding seat , which I designed and built by myself to let it fit to the boat for marine use, on it. I very much enjoyed rowing it with my 11 years old grandson out of Hiroshima, Japan, during our summer vacation.
The Sassafras runs fast on the sea. Thought I'd send you a pic of my skerry in progress. My buddies are jealous. Really enjoying the build process, my first boat project. Many thanks to CLC for providing an excellent kit, helpful instructions, and an eager sales and service department.
Finished my night heron some time ago. It was a great experience and challenge for my first strip planked boat. Thanks to you and Nick Schade for the great design, supplies, and customer service as well as video tutorials so I didn't just chuck the entire thing in the trash!
She paddles amazingly well. Also, great book on how to build the Greenland style paddle. I'll be back for more soon. I finished my Wood Duck Hybrid 12 this weekend. Thanks for the kit. I followed your manual and when I had questions the support team was there to fill in the blanks. This was my first [Hybrid] boat. I found it easy to put together, creating a good start to a pretty boat. I used your molds for a Nymph a couple years ago so the decking wasn't that big a deal.
The downtown sky line is in the background. I'm looking though the catalog for my next project. Today was the first day we ever tried this fascinating sport. As for the equipment, we could not be happier. The custom boards are perfect in every way, I even like the sound they make as they glide through the water. Nothing like a hollow wooden vessel to carry you as you glide! Our first experience was a success and we didn't even get wet until the end we walked in to see if our feet would feel wet or cold in the frigid water.
Surprisingly, we were dry and comfortable the whole time. Thanks to all for the encouragement while building these boards. Currently, I'm installing a rudder. Here is the nearly complete boat. All that is left is a few coats of varnish on the floor, decks and rail. It moves through the water like a dream. Thanks for your assistance in getting this started. The quality of the parts and instructions was excellent.
These photos are of the finished boat on Lake Huron at Southampton Ontario. I got a lot of compliments on the design from passers-by. I did an overnight trip to Jewell Island with some friends.
My Chesapeake 17lt led the pack weighing in at 63 lbs. Just a bit more than the empty poly boats. The Chessie made this 18 mile trip possible. I will reward her with a fresh couple of coats of Epifanes this winter.
I thought you might like to see the result. She paddles like a dream and gets lots of compliments. The kit was absolutely exceptional with all the pieces fitting together nicely and most of the holes predrilled.
The manual is also a piece of art loaded with pictures and building tricks. The boat performs as advertised, it tracks nicely but turns very easily with a little lean and is easily driven at cruising pace.
Started building my Chesapeake 17 in Holland, but moved to Scotland before I could launch the kayak. Did the deck rigging the day before I left Holland.
I have recently completed a Kaholo 14 SUP with the sapele deck upgrade. I'm afraid the bug has bitten me hard - I've already started on my next project: This Petrel-SG was given to my wife on our 20th wedding anniversary. I have been building model boats for 40 years but, the Petrel-SG was my first full-scale boat.
It was a pleasure to build, and a pleasure to paddle. The photos were take at Bowles Reservour, in Denver, Colorado. A sea Kayak in a landlocked state, go figure. I'm planning to paddle this kayak in many of the beautiful lakes in Colorado, and hopefully one of these days, I'll take it to the Colorado River. Here's my Wood Duck 12 I built in my garage during the winter of It was as much fun building it as it is using it.
It handles and tracks beautifully, is stable and comfortable and just slips through the water. The only complaint I have, is that everywhere I go, people want to talk to me about it. Boaters even stop to talk. It gets annoying because I'm out to enjoy the paddling, see the wildlife and get some peace and quiet. Thanks for the wonderful product and keep it up!
Dave says the Chesapeake 17LT is the best boat he has ever been in and he has been in a lot of boats. He has five kayaks of various types and has lots of professional and recreational experience with lots of other boats.
We brought down 3 kits I find the Northeaster Dory a spritely joy under oars and a safe, easily-controlled sailboat. It was such a fun project. It has held very solid every trip and doesn't cause any scratches. Also, the inside of the camper is so darn cozy! I think the worst part of owning this camper is all the attention! Unfortunately, I can't take all the credit. Thanks again for this amazing project! I live near one of the Finger Lakes,and wheel the kayak down to the water.
People from twenty something women, to middle agers told me they havealways wanted to make their own boat. I'm attaching some pictures; added to the basic boat is your compass rose on-lay, and the hull was stained withwater based dark walnut.
I'd like to thank you for an easy to build and beautitul design in the C I spent this last summer building 2 of these kayaks with my young friend Beau. He is also a Boy Scout so this made a great scouting project. He used the project to earn his woodworking merit badge. I'd say this is a fitting project for that purpose. As it turned out we launched both boats at a scouting event on Coeur d'Alene Lake at the beginning of October.
This turned out to be a great way to obtain a beautiful boat. It was exciting to see the plans come together into such beauty. We have only been able to take them out twice before the cold weather set in, but may yet see an opportunity to get them out on the water before too long. Maybe we'll have a chance to do a New Years Day paddle - well if our chosen destination is not frozen over. Attached are some photos of our results. We hope you are as proud of the design as we are of our results!
We added an extra bulkhead, stringer and deck pad so that we could use our 14' Kaholo as a racing tandem Stand Up Paddleboard. I'm very happy with the result. The design on the deck is Cherokee, named "Star on the Mountain," and is used in their basket making. I recently completed construction of the Eastport Pram on which I took delivery at the end of April and am very satisfied with the end result. I had wanted a dinghy which I could bring aboard my Rosborough RF which with an outdrive and a large engine box at the transom provides an ideal space for its transport.
It has worked out perfectly. Harris should be and I'm sure he has been commended for his excellent design. It rows exceedingly well, much better than I had anticipated.
The end result is a lovely small craft which elicts a lot more comments than a rubber dinghy. I have finally finished and am a proud owner of your Mill Creek design. I hope you enjoy the pictures, let me know what you think. Thanks immensely, CLC, for such a rewarding project that will provide me with ongoing enjoyment for years to come.
We are already planning another CLC boat build - likely a Mill Creek hybrid with outriggers and a sail. Champagne flowed and later I rowed. You make the world a better place. A "Root" Longboard by Garin Surfboards built with white cedar. Then glassed and sealed in clear epoxy and finally polished and waxed. It goes to my brother as a special gift. This makes the fifth kit I've completed from CLC. The journey of building your kits began sometime back in with an Eastport Pram followed by two 12 ft.
Hybrid Ducks, then a Kaholo 14 and now this surfboard. I'm going to take a breather while I dream of the next project. The experience of creating these water craft from your kits as been a fun and rewarding experience. She weighed in at I want to thank you guys for answering all my questions during the build.
My wife and I took it paddling on the bayou in the late afternoon and it performed very well. When the pads on my finger tips heal from lots of hand sanding I suppose I'll be looking to order another kayak kit and or Kaholo SUP. The CLC family continues to expand down here.
The pram I built in is doing great. I finally added deck pads and now the dog can stand without slipping. I am writing to sing the praises of the Chesapeake 16 kayak that I built in my garage from your kit. Although I had no previous experience with boat building, fiberglass or epoxy, the excellent design, clear instructions, pre-cut pieces, and inclusive collection of hardware, etc. Indeed, building the boat provided me with so much satisfaction that I feared using it might be anticlimactic.
Fortunately, this was not the case. Thanks for designing such a wonderful boat, and for marketing such a great kit. You will hear from me next spring. After numerous skim coats of epoxy then varnish and installing the footbrace mounting, yesterday my wife and I had our first outing here in central New Hampshire. Friends have told me not to take the kayak out on the water, but keep it in the house as a piece of furniture. Thank you CLC and Eric for a great kayak that makes me proud to take out on the water — not keep in the house.
And thank you Eric for such a memorable and fun week building the kayak at the Wooden Boat School. Thanks again for providing me with hours of enjoyment building my fourth CLC watercraft.
The Kaholo 14 is the easiest of the four rowing shell, skerry, and kayak to get onto the water and a pleasure to paddle. I suspect you receive a lot of letters from builders enthusing over your products. Well here I another. I have enclosed a few photos of a West River 18 a friend, Tom, and I built over three weeks in August of this year. Granted we worked essentially every evening and most of three weekends but she was complete, all be it without hatches, in time. I wish to thank John for the telephone advice and reassurance I received.
I must say I was and continue to be pleased with the quality of the kit. Everything arrived in perfect condition. None of the feather edges of the scarfs were damaged in shipment.
More than enough materials were provided. I find that when paddling without any serious effort, I leave everybody behind. The boats invariably stop traffic wherever we go. I will never appreciate why anyone would spend three times as much for a heavier plastic boat when they could build something better on their own. I just wanted to write to tell y'all about my tremendous experience building my first boat. Aside from always wanting to build a wooden boat, I've also always or at least for the last five years or so wanted to marry a certain special girl.
Overall rating: rating 5 of 5 Overall the tour was awesome. We knew going in to this that there was a fair amount of walking so we made sure we put the miles in before the trip. Great plans, very complete, easy to understand. Made the Kaholo 12 for the wife, she loves it. The other board is timeless surf. After 30 years of building and repair of big boats I finally get to build what I always wanted to. Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.