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A New Look at the Adirondack Guideboat, Its Origins, Its Builders, and Its Construction

Monday, August 5 at 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm 

(Book-signing after the program)

Ted Comstock & Chris Woodward

Chris Woodward and Ted Comstock will review the recent publication The Adirondack Guideboat, Its Origins, Its Buiders, and Their Boats by the late Stephen B. Sulavik. The presentation will address Woodward and Comstock’s roles in reconstituting the rough draft the author left at his death in 2015, as well as pinpoint some of the new “finds” they supplied to this groundbreaking monograph. The result is the culmination of decades of research by the author and Comstock and Woodward. This publication was made possible with the support of Robert A. Worth, former chairman of the museum’s Board of Trustees.

Presenters: Over four decades, Ted Comstock has specialized in the best of the Adirondack past. Formerly a museum curator, he is presently an independent historian as well as an appraiser and consultant on many aspects of regional material culture. This, of course, includes that unique craft—the Adirondack guideboat. Comstock lives in Saranac Lake. 

Chris Woodward is the owner of Woodward Boat Shop where he builds and restores traditionally constructed Adirondack guideboats. Willard Hanmer, a guideboat builder like his father Theodore, established the shop in 1930. Woodward took over its operations in 1991 from Carl Hathaway, Willard Hanmer’s successor. The shop’s generations-old boat-building heritage is unique in the Adirondacks.