Aaron has been an apprentice under master shipwrights for many years. He specializes in refinishing, including sanding, stripping, painting, varnishing, disassembly and assembly of boats, which can be the most tedious and arduous tasks of the job and these jobs only look good if done right. Aaron has the ability to bring back any surface and make it beautiful and his award-winning boats show it. He started Vasant boats, has expanded into Old Boatworks and now is owner of Sunrise River Boatworks
Ross began his career 28 years ago as an apprentice under the tutelage of a Master Shipwright and since has earned his own place as a Master. Over the years he has predominantly focused his attention on restoration, but has also designed and built several boats. In a field where it is difficult to find a person with a lifetime of experience, it can be found in Ross. He has been accredited with being one of the “Top 10” craftsmen in his field.
Vern is a retired Capt. of the Rochester Fire Dept and has since attended Wooden Boat School in Brooklin Maine, a 2 year consecutive course in wooden boat building to feed his addiction. He has always enjoyed using woodworking and carpentry tools, but he doesn't like square corners, which is why he likes working on boats.
Gary Hopp’s problem solving skills have saved the day many times. He helps on the family farms, does all sorts of carpentry, and has excellent mechanical skills. He has a terrific work ethic and isn't afraid of doing all the dirty jobs. He welds, brazes, solders, epoxies, and splits wood for the hungry shop woodstove. Every shop needs a guy like this around!
Bruce comes to us with a wealth of nautical experience, including: ship crew member in the Armed Forces; design, construction and repair of wooden boats; captain of power and sailing yachts; Master and relief Captain of tall ships; ship surveyor; instructor; and has a Master Marine License - just to name a few. His woodworking skills in structural repair and construction make us a team that's hard to beat.
Tom has been a major player in the wooden boat industry for 30 years. He has produced award-winning restorations and custom boat construction throughout his entire career. His knowledge and experience in all aspects of wooden boat restoration have earned him the respect and recognition his abilities deserve. His skills and background are an impressive and valuable resource when considering any wooden project.