Welcome! This is a blog about the Adirondack guideboat. It includes whatever strikes that author’s fancy. For example, you might follow his progress building such an iconic craft, or go along on a 90 mile guideboat race, or learn about some particularly interesting person or happening involving these magnificent wooden boats. Enjoy.
Floatin’ Richard’s boat
My friend Richard had a big problem. His most treasured possession, his guideboat, leaked. And not just a small leak,Read more.
Are work rowboats still in use?
Fran and I are just back from Morocco. Morocco is a country in North Africa, Part of it borders onRead more.
This year’s 90 Miler
As you might remember, the Adirondack 90 miler runs from Old Forge. NY to Saranac Lake in 3 days. ItRead more.
Guideboat returns home to Long Lake.
I have learned that the Adirondack peoples are especially fond of family, town, and country. This is a story ofRead more.
Fred Burns-The last of the Long Lake Traditional Guideboat Builders
I came to know of guideboat builder Fred Burns through my friend Richard Dechene. Fred was Richard’s grandfather, who RichardRead more.
John Homer-New Age Guideboat Builder
John Homer is a good friend of mine. We met while I was an interpreting at the Museum for AllisonRead more.
Minnow Pond-Part 2
Last time we hiked into Minnow Pond, a pristine body of water that the Adirondack Museum has set aside forRead more.
Minnow Pond-Part 1
This year the Adirondack Museum has added a new attraction. They built a boat house on Minnow Pond, a smallRead more.
Finally the day arrives to head back north to Long Lake. It seems like a very long time since weRead more.
Making a scarf
A scarf is a way of joining two planks end-to-end. It is used when planking a guideboat because it isRead more.