Nick BrownI work out of a small woodworking shop on the coast of southern Maine. I repair and occasionally build wooden boats to about 26 feet. With more than 25 years of experience in the maritime industry – Naval service, tug operation, production boatbuilding, museum work – I’ve also had the opportunity to write about boats and the waterfront.

I wrote a weekly newspaper column for something like five years. It was called “On The Waterfront” and appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I was also fortunate to contribute chapters to Cross-Grained and Wily Waters, a definitive book on the maritime history of the local Piscataqua region, and to have several articles appear in WoodenBoat magazine.

I remain intrigued with the waterfront, of course, but like many people I have many interests – probably too many.

Several years ago, my young son’s interest in aviation and aerospace led to a shared intro-flight at our local grass-strip, Hampton Airfield (7B3). The next thing I knew I was in ground school and beating up the main gear of a Piper J3. By now, I have a new perspective on calm, clear mornings.

Having a barn workshop, I spend a lot of time fooling around with things other than boats. Bicycles, Vespa motor-scooters, skis and surfboards, all compete alarmingly with simply trying to make a living. I don’t know what all this has in common, beyond an entrenched retro thread spun of ill-advised romance and confused notions of simplicity.

In this blog you’ll find some exploration of these subjects in words and pictures. Items for sale and archived past-and-present work coming soon.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.