Each year the Door County Maritime Museum, www.dcmm.org, hosts a class in wooden boat building. This year’s volunteer class instructors, David Morgan, Bob Schottmuller and Jerry McNamara, chose Newfound Woodworks’ Whitehall pulling boat. New class participants Richard Johnson, David Minarcik, John Rybski, and Kirk Schneeberg were joined by experienced Museum boat builders Ed Eickenberg and George Hoppa in crafting this cedar strip rowboat.
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock launched on June 14, three classic Whitehalls built for the British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC used the boats in August 2013 to recreate John Wesley Powell’s 1869 exploration of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The School built two 21′ Whitehalls and one 16′ boat. The 21′ boats were built of white oak under the direction of instructor Ben Kahn, while the smaller Whitehall was planked in larch over a white oak backbone and frames under the direction of the School’s senior instructor, Jeff Hammond.