Northshore Magazine

July 2014

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Craftsman ne 70 July 2014 photographs by fawn deviney ucked back on one of Marblehead's ancient crooked streets, you'll find Redd's Pond Boatworks, the only shop of its kind in this historic maritime town. Doug Park recently took over the operation located in a classic 19th-century red barn on Redd's Pond from Thad Danielson, who founded the Boatworks in the 1990s. "I worked with Thad for several summers as an apprentice," says the Marblehead native. Park's hope is to jump-start the wooden boatbuilding trade. "Today, people have T Workshop: Doug Park restores all types of wooden watercrafts in his Marblehead shop; opposite, Park with dog Jasper their wooden boats built in Maine and Rhode Island. I want Marblehead to be known for its wooden boat restoration and building industry again," he says. "In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were several small boatworks dotting the shoreline of Marblehead." Park is enthusiastic about reviving the tradition of restoring or building wooden boats— one at a time. Park, no stranger to the sea, sailed as a boy every summer in Salem Sound. And by the age of 17, his love of the ocean prompted him to apply for and land a Voyage Venture Doug Park keeps the Marblehead tradition of wooden boatbuilding alive at Redd's Pond Boatworks. By Nancy E. Berry NB_KJ_NS July 14 ReddsBoats.indd 70 5/9/14 11:57 AM

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