Green Wooden Boats

Hope Shack

Old Weathered Wooden Row Boat abandoned in the by RandyNyhofPhotos, $12.00: In the 1950’s and 60’s, when I was growing up, I only remember wooden row boats, and all of them were green.

I remember the first boat I helped my father build. We built it with yellow poplar. Yellow poplar is a strong, lightweight wood, that was highly valued for furniture making. My father owned a sawmill, therefore, we had access to the lumber we needed. Dad set aside two wide clear boards fourteen feet long, for the sides. He then cut four inch wide boards for the bottom. All the lumber was clear, knot and blemish free. This boat came to a point in front. It was easy to row and handle. Slat bottom boats were common in those days. While the wood was painted, it was not sealed tight. The wood would swell and seal the joints against leaks. The old wood boats were great. They were quiet…

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