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.

     


TRAVIS GUTHRIE
started working with wood in his grandfather's woodshop before he was tall enough to see the top of the workbench. As an adult, his talent led to gainful employment as a furniture maker. His love of adventure and woodworking fused neatly when he took up boatbuilding, and then to the purchase and restoration of two large wooden yachts with the help of his patient and supportive wife. He became the shop manager of a boatbuilding company specializing in the manufacture of high-tech racing yachts, and has worked extensively as a yacht carpenter in Annapolis. He joined Chesapeake Light Craft in 2016 as the prototype shop boatbuilder, and has found his home there pursuing his passion for small wooden boats. Travis has built innumberable boats and his knowledge of wood, composites, and marine and automotive finishes is extensive. Contagiously cheerful and charismatic, Travis loves sharing his knowledge and experience with boat enthusiasts of all skill levels. 

John C. Harris BoatbuilderJOHN 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.  

 

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.

Geoff Kerr builds Annapolis Wherries at the WoodenBoat School

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 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 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. Over the past few years, 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 was the boat building instructor for a local charity, Box of Rain Foundation, where he led groups of 10- to 16-year-olds through the construction of several CLC designs over the years. Joey currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where he owns and operates his own boatbuilding, kayak, and small craft repair business, Turning Point Boatworks.

ANDREW SCHROEHER  is a young Annapolis native, with a passion for woodworking and small boats. He has a Bachelors degree in Wood Science and Technology and has a vast knowledge of the characteristics and capability's of the wood products and machinery we use in the daily operations here at CLC. For the last 3+ years he has also been an integral part of the CLC production team as he manages and produces parts in the solid timber shop, as well as assisting in construction in many of the recent prototype boats here at Chesapeake Light Craft, including the the Teardrop Camper, Tenderly 10, and several others. An avid sailor and paddler he has been sailing competitively here in Annapolis for more than 15 years in a variety of fleets. He is a new addition to the group amazing instructors here at CLC, with an eye for detail, tremendous patience and fun loving attitude.

JOHN STAUB's career in the maritime trades began as child, cruising aboard his grandfather's fishing boat. He spent weekends handing his grandfather wrenches, planting the seed of what would become a life surrounded by boats. John stayed close to saltwater in the early years, growing up on a surfboard in Ocean City, and sailing around the world compliments of the Marine Corps. This was followed by a 16-year interval in restaurant management. In 2013 John moved to Annapolis to finish what his grandfather started: building a career as a boatbuilder and spending more time with his kids. After devoting the first year in Annapolis refurbishing sailboats, John got the long-awaited call to join the Chesapeake Light Craft team. John has been a prolific boatbuilder at CLC and currently serves as CLC’s Production Manager.


 



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