Bill Antilla has been carving duck decoys since he was 10. Using tools handed down to him from his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Bill’s life-like duck carvings have taken the top prize at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City, Maryland, and have been auctioned at benefits for Ducks Unlimited.
Jim Bergeron grew up fascinated with the technology that was used by primitive people to live off the land. As a fisherman, instructor in oceanography, and later as Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent for Oregon State University, Jim has both taken and taught courses on Northwest Coast Native American woodcarving and culture. A skilled tool maker and carver, he has made bentwood boxes for use by the Chinook tribe in tribal ceremonies.
Terry Courtney is a member of the Wasco Tribe from Warm Springs, Oregon. A professional land surveyor, Terry has spent many years learning about traditional Northwest Native American dip net fishing. Now retired, Terry teaches and demonstrates traditional dip net fishing techniques and how these relate to Native American culture in schools, at public events, and museums throughout the Pacific Northwest.
A member of the Shoalwater Tribe of Willapa Bay, Earl is an accomplished wood carver and maker of Chinook-style canoe paddles, spoons, ladles, and masks.
Soon after earning his college degrees in geology and biology, and working a season on Alaskan tugs, Sam Devlin started Devlin Designing Boatbuilders, now located in Olympia, Washington. Over the years, it has grown from a backyard operation to a going concern that produces high-quality boats. To date, they have produced more than 300 boats from seven feet to 48 feet in length. Sam is the author of Devlin’s Boat Building Book, a book on stitch-and-glue boat building techniques, and is a leading expert in composite construction, using both wood and modern epoxy technology to create strong, seaworthy and beautiful boats.
Darrin Fiskum has been working with woodworking tools for most of his life, both as a builder of high-end homes in Portland and as boat builder in an Astoria boatyard. He is a graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.
Roger Fletcher is an educator, historian, drift boat aficionado, modeler and craftsman. He wrote Drift Boats and River Dories — Their History, Design, Construction, and Use. Without question, this is the definitive history of the iconic drift boats of the Pacific Northwest.
Pat Courtney Gold
Pat Courtney Gold is a member of the Wasco Tribe, an upriver branch of the Chinook Nation. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, Pat has spent her life studying and teaching about Columbia River Native cultures with a special focus on basketry. She does traditional Wasco weaving using natural fibers. Her work is in museum collections throughout the world, including The Smithsonian Institution Museum of American Indians, the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, the British Museum, and the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, Canada.
Tony Johnson is a Chinook Tribal member and community education director for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of Willapa Bay, Washington. He is skilled in the traditional crafts of the Chinooks, including the making of carving tools, canoes, canoe paddles, and traditional Northwest Native American fishing gear.
Sam Johnson has been building traditional small boats for more than 30 years. Since 1993, he has been teaching courses in bronze casting for boat builders at WoodenBoat School in Maine, at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, and at many other places in the United States and Canada. Sam is the executive director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Steve Kessler retired from medicine in 2000 and went back to school, earning a vocational associate degree in traditional wooden boat building and repair from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend, Washington. Currently, he is working as a shipwright in San Diego on the construction of a reproduction of a Spanish Galleon, the San Salvador, for the San Diego Maritime Museum. For the past 12 years, he has been making Black Mesquite caulking mallets that are sold nationally to professional caulkers as well as amateur boat builders.
Andrew Linn manages the operations of the Toledo Community Boathouse in Toledo, Oregon. Here, he introduces people to the joys of boatbuilding with special emphasis on family boatbuilding and “instant boats,” and how to convert sticks to functional watercraft as quickly as possible.
Since 1994, Jason has been working on or around ships — first for the U.S. Navy and then for the U.S. Coast Guard. In 2010 he was certified as an Able Seaman and began teaching courses in seamanship at the Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Astoria, Oregon. Marlinspike seamanship is both a vocation and avocation for Jason, and his knots, course and fancy work are things of beauty.
James McMullen was born thousands of miles inland from the nearest ocean by mistake, and has therefore had to spend all of his adult life trying to make up for lost time. Along with building nearly five dozen assorted small boats, from small kayaks to cabin cruising boats, James has explored almost the entire Salish Sea by sail and oar or paddle. James is a partner and shipwright at Emerald Marine Carpentry in Anacortes, Washington, specializing in restoration and repair of classic wooden yachts. And despite all that, he still likes messing about with his own boats nearly every weekend.
Misty O’Brien has been “messing about in boats” for most of her life. She achieved the rank of Quartermaster with the Sea Scouts and then spent two years as mate and top man on the tall ship Lady Washington. She honed her skills in canvas repair and marlinspike seamanship aboard the Lady Washington, the schooner Zodiac, the barque Eagle, and on her father’s sail boats. Misty now works for the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Al Olson was born and raised in the gillnet industry in Astoria, Oregon. Working with his father, Oscar, Al learned how to gillnet fish — and when it came time, to mend the nets as well.
Jeff Sayler, owner of Firehouse Boatworks, is a professional boat builder from Portland, Oregon. For more than 30 years he has specialized in the construction, repair and restoration of classic wooden boats of all sizes and types.
The founder of Cape Falcon Kayak in Manzanita, Oregon, Brian Schulz has been building kayaks, using kayaks and teaching kayaking for more than 20 years in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. His skin-on-frame kayaks are built traditionally and are both functional and exceptionally beautiful.
John Paul Zipprich
John Zipprich of Maupin, Oregon has been carving since he was a boy, learning tools and techniques from old masters and college courses. Since the early 1970s he has been carving professionally, creating art and signage seen throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1975, he began restoration work at the historic Timberline Lodge in Oregon. This work has added snow carving to his already extensive list of carving and sculpture skills.