About Me

I spent my youth paddle river of Northern Wisconsin and sailing on Lake Michigan.  While attending Carleton College I began paddling Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and sailing the collegiate racing circuit.  After spending a summer teaching sailing at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, I became a hobby boat builder.  While working as an affordable housing project manager I built a canoe, a pram and remodeled an RV trailer.  Finally I decided I had my fill of management life and needed to be using my hands on a daily basis.  In 2016 I enrolled at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building near Port Townsend, Washington.  My year of school culminated in a third place finish for my team at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival’s 3 day Boat Building Challenge!  In the fall of 2017 I went to work for Wilderness Inquiry in Minneapolis Minnesota.  I redesigned and proto-typed wilderness Inquiry’s 24′ Voyaguer canoe and then helped Wenonah Canoe prepare to mass produce that design for Wilderness Inquiry.

In 2019 and 2020 I will be serving as an Artisan in Development at the North House Folk School in Grand Marias, MN!

If you are interested in having me work on a boat or another custom piece, please reach out.  Email me at josh@manywatersboats.com