The Dock


I’ve seen it pulled off by an assortment of culprits: sea lions in Astoria, flocks of messy Canada geese on the Willamette; even homeless boaters: they all take over docks, rendering them unusable by regular folks. But during the past few summers…    Read the rest across the jump at Three Sheets NW.

Smelt Run

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Lauren Eisley once wrote, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” At one point in my life, I would have whispered “salt” in Eisley’s ear before he wrote that last word…     Read the rest across the jump at Three Sheets NW.


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Just before the winter rains set in, I decided to something strange; I did boat maintenance. Thorough maintenance. Continue reading

Makers & Fakers


“Did you build that?” is the most common question I get about Row Bird. As many times as I’ve heard it, I’m never quite sure how to respond.

When I’m in a rush I say yes and if they’re not sailors, the conversation often ends right there. The asker stands nearby, strokes the gunwale’s smooth varnish, smiles sheepishly, and soon wanders off.  Continue reading

Tearing it Apart

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If you’re going to send a wooden whale on a migration, you need a vessel to send it in; so I designed a box. A few weeks later, Andy stepped up and said he wanted to help make it. Andy’s pretty handy with wood, and easily creates things with basic tools that I never could, so I thanked him for his offer. It would be fun to build the box with someone else.  Continue reading

Sea Reads: In the Heart of the Sea


I wish I could tell you that the upcoming movie about a whale that destroys a ship was going to be great. And maybe it will be, as long as you haven’t read the book.

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