Our recently completed plank on frame whitehall is a beauty (if we do say so ourselves). We also do not believe in false modesty. Heck if we could, we would buy one.
Designed for one happy Long Island customer,this Whitehall is his dream come true. Actually, it was on his bucket list.
There is something so real and honest about a plank on frame boat. It is almost as if it is alive. The colors of the wood, the sweep of the hull, the symmetry of the frames, all come together to create a work of art that is truly a joy to use. In this day and age it is so rare to own something that brings such pleasure in so many ways. From the first stroke of the oar to that fabulous feeling you get after some time on the water, there is a satisfaction that is hard to duplicate with anything plastic or rubber. There is a connection there, whether it is real or imagined does not matter, it’s how it makes you feel that matters.
To us it is an honor to be able to bring a dream to life. We start out at the cedar yard, choosing just the right pieces for the hull, then in the shop we plane, we shape, we steam, bend and coerce the wood to take on a shape it seems reluctant to do at first but then settles right in to place. There is nothing easy about building boats and it can certainly take a toll on the builder’s body after many years, but it is an immensely satisfying way to (almost) make a living. Working with wood has a sort of magic all of it’s own. When you can start out with a pile of lumber, a pound of rivets, some paint and glue and craft it into a gorgeous rowboat that will outlive many of us and provide one with joy and happiness, what’s not to love?