Boat building

Mark Howey at work on his Lowell dory skiff. (KCAW photo / Erik Neumann)

Boat building is much more than carpentry. As we’ll hear on the next show, boats can be an extension of a builder’s heart, connecting to traditions and place, and relating a paddler’s physical and spiritual being to the ocean. The guests we’ll hear from are skilled craftspeople who have spent their lives building and repairing wooden boats, and building traditional Inuit kayaks. In each case, the skill of building watercraft ended up defining a life.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS:  

  • Dave Seaman, expert boat builder
  • Rebecca Poulson, wooden boat builder and board member of Sitka Maritime Heritage Society
  • Maligiaq Padillatraditional Inuit kayak builder, instructor and champion from Greenland

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BROADCAST: Thursday, March 16, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, March 23, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!