Don Danenberg stops by for a tour.

Mike, Kirk, and DonWe had a pleasant surprise at the shop on Monday afternoon. Don Danenberg, the man who literally wrote the book on how to restore wooden runabouts, stopped by the shop for a tour.

Don and Kirk worked together on the restorations of numerous wooden boats during the 1990’s.  Don looked over our current project, the 1936 Chris-Craft 19′ special race boat with approval. Eventually our conversation drifted into the exciting topics that wooden boat restorers like to hash over such as the ever popular “restoration vs. rebuilding” debate and how to achieve a dust-free coat of varnish. I’ll probably cover both of these topics in more detail in later posts, but for now I have to get back to making wood shavings.


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