So, was said to wood boat builder and legend Jerry Briggs when he pondered switching to aluminum boats from building wood boats, especially for his Grand Canyon Dories. He pondered the switch because of the difficuly and labor intensive nature of wood boats.
But, like with all things in fly fishing or river loving, there is something to the hands on nature of wood boats. I ventured into the foray of wood boats this year, a reality that pulled me from blogging in the evening to sanding and restoring a boat that I bought off of craigslist. In a sense, I bought a trailer and oars and got a wood boat project. Well, after several months of late nights after Finn went to sleep, the boat is mostly finished (save a new front bench seat with storage in it), but has been very river worthy and even caught a few fish. Here is a slideshow of each step of the way . . .