When I lived on or traveled to coastal Maine in the seventies, I was tied closely to my wife's home town by bonds created by that marriage. Back at the university, I was for studying for a career in anthropology. In Maine, I was understudying for the Cap'n on board his 34 foot ketch, being introduced as his son, and learning how to fit in.

The Shop

A twelve-step program for compulsive tool buyers might help. But I have a thing about being away from my tools for meetings. Just taking the time to write this keeps me away from browsing the Lee Valley site, not to mention Rockler, Woodcraft, and Highland Woodworking.

A Rangeley Boat

it was the reek of pure Old Woodsman. Over the long lifespan of the boat, gallons must have been spilled in it, because no amount of restoration would ever remove all that smell.


Periodically the landlord, other tenants, the current resident feature of the Teahead's affection, caused a general eviction.


No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." Charles M. Schulz

The Unexpected

We don't know if John was more than just a scam artiste or also capable of disappearing. It was years before I saw him in his new career as an aide to a politician.