Meet the Boatwright
I’m Kevin Pagliuca, woodworker, boatwright, and proprietor of the newly established Timeless Boat Works. As a recent graduate of the Great Lakes Boatbuilding School and a lifelong woodworker, I've embarked on a second career, doing what I love to do as a boatwright. It's my intention to specialize in the construction, restoration, and repair of small, traditionally built, wooden boats.
I've been a woodworker, in various capacities, most of my life. I puttered with woodworking as a boy, got woodworking training at a vocational high school as a teenager, and was an apprentice at a small architectural mill shop as a young adult. But woodworking became a hobby as I went on to college and earned a BS degree in computer science, and then pursued a career in the software industry. Now, having retired from my software career, and gone off and attended a boatbuilding school, I'm a bona fide boatwright.
I was around wooden boats in the 1960's as a young boy, while staying with my grandparents at their cottage on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the summertime. Those timeless, wooden boats that I saw gliding along the water, floating at their moorings, and tied up at private docks have always stuck with me. Wooden boats are indeed to be admired. I worked on my first wooden skiff at 10 years of age, under my grandfather's supervision. Together, we got it seaworthy and I rowed it on the little bay behind their cottage in Wareham, Massachusetts. Even that young, I liked working on boats just as much as being out on the water in them.
Craftsmanship is very important to me. With all the curved, beveled and angled wood parts that a boat is composed of, the use of the standard stationary woodworking power tools typically found in most modern cabinet shops is not always a viable option for the boatwright. Instead many parts require shaping using hand tools. Chisels, planes, spoke shaves, and hand saws all require a skilled craftsman to not only decide which and when to use, but also to know how to effectively use, as well as knowing how to keep them sharp and properly adjusted. This is what I like best in building a boat, the challenge of figuring out the shapes of the individual wood parts, molding the shapes with my own hands, and then finally fitting them together to form a beautiful wooden boat. There is a great satisfaction in having built a wooden boat well.
With today's high cost of fuel and the trend of "going green", I am primarily interested in building some of the proven wooden boat designs of the past that feature hulls that can be propelled at reasonable speeds under low power. I’m also keenly interested in some of the classic, small sailboat designs. The Herreshoff 12½, often called a “perfect daysailer”, is one of my favorites.
I have no intention of tweaking any of these classic designs. I consider myself to be strictly a builder of replicas of absolutely beautiful wooden boats…true works of art.