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.
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.