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just how did art meet function...

My husband, Rich, & I started Black Dog Boats Inc. in 1997. We were both newly retired and knew we wanted to create with our hands. Rich attended the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine and we began making wood and canvas canoes and small wooden skiffs. In the beginning, my role was my husband's go for! But, once I learned the ins and outs of woodworking and power tools, I branched off into my "designs". I am a retired high school chemistry teacher who has discovered life beyond the structured math and science. And, Black Dog Boats, Inc. has evolved to be designs by BDB.

Our Boatbuilding Roots:

Working with hardwoods, marble, slate, and tile, I now produce clocks, serving trays, & coaster sets. I attribute the clean, uncluttered look I achieve to my math/science background. The specialty woods I use are hand planed, cut, and finished; my designs are original and many are one-of-a-kind. Since my products are not only decorative but utilitarian, the techniques, finishes, glues, paints, etc. that I use are of the highest quality to assure my buyer years of use. My latest work with custom printed fabric combines a great love of designing, sewing, & home decorating.

I am a member of Maine Made and Maine Arts Commission and have exhibited at juried artisan shows in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Ohio. Retail venues in Maine, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Connecticut, & Florida have displayed my work. I have enjoyed working with Yacht Clubs & art directors, incorporating their ideas & designs in my creations for club personnel & race participants.

Wholesale inquiries are very welcome. Let us work together to display my creations & enhance your product lines.

When I'm not in the basement with saws, sandpaper, & paint, I enjoy a great game of tennis, my genealogy research,
& spending a day on the waters exploring the coast of Maine. And, as you can see our grandchildren inherited the boating gene!