BILL CAVE spent 28 years as a firefighter in Washington, D.C., where he got his first taste of teaching while training new firefighters. An avid sailor and small boat enthusiast, he’s also worked two seasons as a mate on a 65' square-topsail schooner. Bill built his first boat in a Wooden Boat School class, a Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry. CLC's staff recognized his talent and hired him, along with his son, Matt (who is now CLC's production manager). Bill has done a little of everything at CLC, but has focused on building numerous prototypes and showroom display models. Bill's patience, modesty, and ability to connect with people make him a natural instructor and he's now the veteran of many classes. Bill lives in Bryantown, Maryland, and when not building boats for a living, he builds, sails and paddles them as a hobby.
DAVID FAWLEY first fell in love with boats and the sea during a summer job on a salmon boat in Alaska. Working as a storyteller in the San Francisco Bay area then led him to a stint on a tall ship, which sealed his fate. As the next logical step in a growing obsession, David attended The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Kennebunk, Maine. As a newly minted professional boatbuilder, he built mahogany runabout replicas for Stone Boat Yard in Alameda, California, before moving East to work at the famous Cutts and Case yard in Oxford, Maryland. David was hired to manage kit production at Chesapeake Light Craft and held that post through seven years of rapid growth. One of David’s passions is teaching math and other skills to youth through boatbuilding. He has built boats with a number of youth groups in his home city of Baltimore, including the fifth grade science class at his son’s school. David enjoys teaching grownups, as well, and has taught boatbuilding at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island, the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Michigan, and the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, as well as at CLC's Annapolis base. It is thought that David has midwived more Skerry kits than any living human.
LARRY FROLEY first partnered with CLC in 2001 to help guide the design and development CLC paddleboard range. In that role he has built countless prototypes and display models, and a small fleet of kayaks, too. Larry grew up on the Southern California coast spending much of his youth on a surfboard, as well as paddling canoes and kayaks. He is an accomplished paddler and paddleboard racer (of both prone and stand up varieties). Larry had an early introduction to woodworking from his father. Larry's long partnership with CLC is highlighted by the the Kaholo series SUPs. Though based in Sacramento, California, Larry is active in tech support for CLC and continues to research and initiate new paddleboard projects. He travels 8 or 9 months out of the year promoting, exhibiting and racing the Kaholo SUPs, and has landed on the podium in many major races. Following a 31-year law enforcement career with the State of California, mostly as a state park ranger/superintendent, Larry retired as the Chief of Investigations for the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 2004. With an undergrad background in health science, and a passion for health and fitness, Larry is a personal trainer and sports nutritionist. He is currently pursuing graduate work in nutrition. Larry is believed to be personally responsible for the demise of the Hostess Twinkie.
JOHN C. HARRIS owns Chesapeake Light Craft, the Annapolis-based purveyor of wooden boat kits and plans. His long tenure at CLC was preceded by a passion for boatbuilding and small craft that stretches back to earliest childhood. His first (modestly) successful design was launched at age 14. More paddling, rowing, and sailing craft followed quickly, though he paused to get a degree in music—his second passion. After college he established a career as a boatbuilder, designer, teacher, and writer. He’s shipped 25,000 boat kits, built more than a hundred wooden boats personally, and seen his designs built in 70 countries. His work as a designer and builder ranges from dinghies to large multihulls and from kayaks to powerboats. He lives on the shores of Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis with his wife, daughter, and an always-changing fleet of curious small boats.
SCOTT JONES grew up in Olympia, WA, in, on, and around the water. A father who is a jack-of-all-trades taught him a lot about shop work, whether building a boat, installing new kitchen cabinets or repairing a flagpole. A passion for woodworking combined with a love of fishing directed Scott to the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building with dreams of building drift boats. He was hired less than a month after graduation to work in the Northwest Maritime Center boat shop under former manager Kees Prins. His first job was building the dinghy Bon Acorn. He was also instrumental in the building of the Townsend Tern, a 23-foot glued lapstrake plywood Cat/Ketch rigged sailboat and part of the team involved in putting together the Scamp microcruiser prototype. Years and many boats have now passed and he now manages the boat shop at the Northwest Maritime Center. In between teaching classes he is responsible for the upkeep of their fleet of sail training boats, a full time job by itself. His strengths as a boat builder are in the contemporary methods using plywood, epoxy and fiberglass. Scott enjoys these build-your-own-boat classes and the camaraderie that often develops in the process. This is his second year teaching classes for CLC.
GEOFF KERR is a full-time builder of wooden boats who does business as Two Daughters Boatworks in Westford, Vermont. His repertoire is broad and varied, and includes a 5500lb power cruiser designed by Paul Gartside, a Bristol-fashion reproduction of Commodore Monroe’s Egret, multitudes of Iain Oughtred’s Caledonia Yawl family, a couple of Nat Herreshoff’s favorite Coquina design, and too many CLC boats to count. Geoff took to sailing as a teenager after a spell at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, where he learned about fog, dragging anchors, mosquitoes, and the joys of double ended, seaworthy boats.
He later fed his needs studying marine science as a botany major on the coast of North Carolina, and then as a Coast Guard officer, sailing the Atlantic in a research ship from the Grand Banks to Venezuela.He learned the boatbuilding trade in the Alexandria Seaport Foundation shop with Joe Youcha. He'd wandered in as a volunteer hoping to use the band saw, and stayed for five years, eventually supervising that shop. Besides teaching classes for many of CLC’s designs, Geoff has built many completed CLC boats for paying customers. He’s also been a go-to builder for prototype projects including Pocketship, Peeler, and Madness. He sails his Caledonia Yawl Ned Ludd on Lake Champlain and along the Maine Coast between summer classes, and keeps at least one Kaholo SUP or his old school Patuxent 20 kayak on the roof of his truck at all times.
GEORGE KREWSON is a rocket scientist based in Cocoa, Florida, where he has spent the past thirty years working on the Space Shuttle program. George grew up sailing and surfing and began building boats after visiting the WoodenBoat School during a Maine vacation a decade ago. After building a few kayaks on his own and dazzling us with his talent, George became a “beta” builder for Chesapeake Light Craft and has assembled the prototypes of many new designs over the years. As an instructor, he particularly enjoys sharing the sense of amazement he felt with his own first build when flat pieces of plywood came together into a beautifully curved hull. George began experimenting with exotic wood veneers with his second boat, and has become a “go-to” guy in classes and on the CLC forum for technical tips on the subject. When he’s not sailing, he continues to build show-quality wooden boats and furniture for friends and family but is quick to add that whether the finished product is a work boat or a fine piece of furniture, the most important thing is the sense of accomplishment in having built it.
ERIC SCHADE has enjoyed building things since childhood and hasn't stopped for almost 50 years. Starting with model boats, he graduated to his first full size canoe in 1983, and since has added scores of canoes, kayaks, rowing, and sailing boats, and countless scale models. He was trained as a mechanical engineer and practiced that profession for 20 years. In 1996 he founded Shearwater Boats, offering custom-built strip and stitch-and-glue boats, stock and custom designs, as well as plans and kits for the home builder. Eric’s greatest area of expertise is the computer-generated engineering of complicated and precise plywood boat kits for assembly by amateurs. In 2005 Eric was hired as a house designer for Chesapeake Light Craft. His contributions include the Shearwater and Wood Duck lines, which have been a gigantic success, with over a thousand built. Eric has taught boatbuilding at a number of shops and has mentored the construction of about 200 boats. This experience, and the feedback he gets from supervising the construction of his designs, not only has improved his skills as a builder, but has honed his skills as a designer and teacher. (His name is pronounced "SHAH-duh.")
NICK SCHADE grew up around canoes and kayaks. After a career as an electrical engineer for the U.S. Navy, specializing in low-frequency electro-magnetics, he realized he wanted to get back on the water himself. Not able to afford the kind of boat he wanted, Nick decided to design and build a “strip-built” kayak. While this type of construction was popular with canoes, it was not commonly adapted for kayaks. Nick worked together with his brother Eric to develop the process, and over the years has branched out and developed innovative kayak designs using the plywood stitch-and-glue method. As his skill as a kayak paddler and boatbuilder evolved, Nick’s designs evolved to match his changing aims. The driving goal has been to maximize on-the-water performance while respecting the natural materials used to create the boat. Out of these efforts, Nick created his business, Guillemot Kayaks, specializing in high-performance sea kayaks for craftsmen interested in building their own boats. He wrote The Strip-Built Sea Kayak and Building Strip-Planked Boats, well-received books describing the strip-built method. His books and writings have helped foster worldwide enthusiasm for wooden kayaks and canoes. Nick’s shop is located in Groton, Connecticut, where he builds prototypes of new designs and turns out custom-built kayaks. He has taught kayak construction at Mystic Seaport, The WoodenBoat School, and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. His work has been exhibited at the American Craft Museum, and one of his kayaks is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
JOEY SCHOTT followed a different path to boat building. Boats and the Chesapeake Bay have been a part of his life since infancy. He started sailing competitively at an early age, enjoying much success along the way. His boatbuilding career began as a CLC customer in 2002, when he built a pair of Chesapeake kayaks, one of which caught the eye of the CLC staff at Okoumefest. His Chesapeake Double took "Best Execution of a kit" in 2004. He returned in 2006 with a new boat that took top honors as "Best in Show." A self professed "victim of boat building OCD," he kept honing his skills using traditional and non-traditional materials for building boats, and in 2009 he joined the staff at CLC where he has continued to advance his skill set by learning from the many talented boat builders on staff. Joey’s thirst for knowledge and willingness to share what he learns was the hallmark of his tenure with CLC as Sales Manager. There are many examples of his work in the showroom at CLC, or on the road at any of shows and demos. While he has built boats using every technique that CLC utilizes, he is best known for strip construction. His latest build of a Guillemot Petrel won top honors in the 2014 WoodenBoat Show Concourse d’ Elegance for human powered craft. In his spare time Joey is most often found on the water. An avid kayaker as well as a sailor, he is always looking for new adventure. Recently with the encouragement of Nick Schade, he has developed a passion for rough water sea kayaking. There are many images on the CLC website of him doing what he calls "extensive product development." He also is the boat building instructor for a local charity, Box of Rain Foundation, where he has led a group of 10- to 16-year-olds through the construction of several CLC designs over the years. Joey recently relocated to the Jacksonville, Florida, area, where he has opened his own boatbuilding and kayaking business.
ADAM BURKS studied art at Albion College and architecture at the University of Michigan before he graduated from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Washington, in 1997. He learned the stitch & glue construction method in Port Townsend, and has enjoyed sharing his knowledge with students for many years. After returning home from Washington to Michigan's Grand Traverse area, he spent seven years working as a designer and project manager in sustainable house building, and started his own boat shop, where he specialized in adapting classic small sailboat designs to glued lapstrake construction. Adam joined the Great Lakes Boat Building School as a full-time instructor in September, 2008, but left in the summer of 2012 to move back to the Traverse area with his family, where he currently does restoration work at Maritime Classics. He has contracted with GLBBS to teach its first CLC satellite summer program at the Maritime Heritage Museum inTraverse City. Adam's dedication to boat building and his patience and care in teaching is continually noted and appreciated by his students.