Repairing Wooden Boats

One Square Mile: The Lost Art of Repairing Wooden Boats

By , News Director RI NPR

Bristol boat builder Walt Schultz, is the owner of Shannon Boats. He worked his way through college destroying old, wooden boats. Older and wiser, he’s spent that last 40 years paying a penance of sorts repairing as many of those old boats as he can find.

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One of two wooden boats being pieced back together at Shannon Marine in Bristol, RI.

There are two currently being repaired in his shop, one of them belonged to ice cream baron Howard Johnson. Schultz is one of the few remaining craftsmen repairing wooden boats from a long-gone era, and he shares his thoughts on what it means to know that craft.