Al Bezanson submits-
The Maine Boatbuilders Show runs from March 15th through the 17th in Portland. This is what Peter Spectre wrote in WoodenBoat, “the exhibits were real boats, and the parts for real boats, and service for real people, and the folks in attendance were real boat enthusiasts.” The show takes place in a boatyard – the Portland Company, a complex of old wooden buildings. It takes the better part of a day to work through the exhibits. Schooner friends of mine from “away” have been gathering there for years for a weekend rendezvous.
The show includes a program of seminars and on Friday March 15th Harold Burnham will be making a presentation on “Building and Launching Ardelle” with photos from Dan Tobyne and video from Len Burgess. This is my amateur shot of the launch.
The MBBS features all kinds of exhibits you won’t find at the likes of a Boston boat show. Here is another real person who exhibits there – Mudd Sharrigan, age 86, champion swimmer and maker of seaman’s knives. He has no website and this is the only place he exhibits. Mudd was a legend in the early 50’s amongst us early hotrodders. Now he lives in Wiscasset. I sailed up the Sheepscot for a visit to his little home shop a couple years ago. Mudd crafts every detail of these knives and sheaths by hand.
Mudd on the right with my shipmate Jay Irwin.
Mudd’s seaman’s knife. He has hand crafted close to 700 of these.
This was a drive chain on a Harley before Mudd forged it. If you want a handle fashioned from an old schooner he has a collection of remnants from the four masters, Hester and Luther Little that use to nestle in the mud below the Route 1 bridge.
Check it out. And if you go be sure to have lunch at the show. Real food for real people at realistic prices.