Spring 2013 (Issue No. 59)
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LOCAL FAVORITE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
Redd's Pond Boatworks, a small yard focusing on traditional wooden
boats, was founded in the 1990's in Marblehead, MA, by Thad Danielson
and over the years has developed a strong reputation for excellent
craftsmanship and design. In 2011, Doug Park and David Redero,
classmates from Newport's International Yacht Restoration School, bought
the yard from Thad. Together they bring a wealth of experience and
tireless enthusiasm that breathes new life into this iconic shop.
A Marblehead native, Doug grew up sailing in Salem Sound and was
officially introduced to the world of wooden boats as a student aboard
the Harvey Gamage with The Ocean Classroom Foundation. While in high
school, Doug spent summers apprenticing with Thad at Redd's Pond, and
this is where his love of boat building was born. He went on to
leadership roles with Outward Bound, the Student Conservation
Association and Alta Ski Area but was always drawn back to the sea.
During this time he was able to work intermittent contracts with Ocean
Classroom and Manchester Marine, but in 2009 Doug finally returned to
boat building full time when he was accepted as a student at the
International Yacht Restoration School. During this two-year intensive
program he independently restored a Beetle Cat and worked with Dave to
manage a group of eight students in restoring the 1926 R Class sloop,
Ruweida V. Upon graduation, Doug was chosen to be a shipwright on the
Charles W. Morgan restoration at Mystic Seaport where he developed
period techniques to recreate the bow section of this historic ship.
Working in the Miami Planetarium in the late 1990's as a lecturer and
classroom astronomy instructor, David spent his time teaching under the
stars, which had a profound impact on his views of the universe and the
world around him. Feeling obligated to do more for others David set off
for military service. In 2003 David finished his tour in the United
States Marines and focused on working and raising a family. An interest
in civil engineering with skills in land surveying led him to work as an
underwater bridge inspector in Miami. Long hours under the water and
onboard the crew dive boat in the Florida Keys rekindled a love for the
sea and classic boats. With a passion for preservation and restoration
of old boats, David headed to Newport to graduate from IYRS in 2011.
David interned during his time at IYRS on the east coast of Italy near
Venice, practicing Old World traditional boatbuilding as well as modern
wooden boat construction methods. He has also worked with companies such
as McMillen Yachts in Portsmouth, RI, preserving 1920's and 30's Trumpy
yachts, and with Baltic Boatworks in Bristol, RI, restoring a 1905
Herreshoff NY30. David hopes to complete restoration on his 1936 Yonkers
custom cabin motor cruiser acquired through Bone Yard Boats in his off
hours. He aims to have this classic motorboat cruising the North Shore
waterways with his family, friends, and guests very soon.
Redd's Pond Boatworks is a small boatyard owned by craftsmen. They are
easy to approach with any idea you may have. Their experience ranges
from large timber work to full restorations of yachts and fine custom
joinery, so they have the skills and enthusiasm to tackle a project of
any size. Representative projects include the restoration of a mast for
a Herreshoff 12 1/2; designing and building a custom teak bow anchor
mount for a 30' fishing boat; a full restoration of a 1930's Lawley
tender; and the full restoration of the bottom of a 1942 Chris Craft.
Doug and David work directly with each customer to develop an accurate
estimate of the work needed with a realistic schedule of repairs.
Whether you are inspired to give life to an old boat found in the pages
of Bone Yard Boats or give form to those line drawings in your head,
they can get you to launch day.
Stop by for a visit next time you are in the neighborhood. The shop is
located in the heart of historic Marblehead, MA. Tucked behind Old
Burial Hill, you can't miss the hundred year-old red barn on the western
shore of Redd's Pond. An icon from a distant era, perhaps, but the hum
of tools and the smell of fresh sawdust will testify that traditional
wooden boat-building is alive and well in New England.
Redds Pond Boatworks
1 Norman Street
Marblehead MA, 01945
BYB: There is a video of an oral history conversation with Thad
Danielson linked to the Redd's Pond Boatworks web site under the Media
pull-down that is well worth the 4 minute time investment. The story of
floating the Redd's Pond Boatworks barn across the pond on a raft back
in the day is a classic tale of Yankee ingenuity at its finest.
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