"Along with countless others, I really appreciate the Chesapeake Bay and I have deep roots in this area." - Bruce Blackway, Founder
In the early 1900’s, my great-grandfather owned the only hardware store in the town of Cecilton, MD (near Chestertown). Nowadays, I have relatives on both the Eastern and Western shores. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, I traveled to many corners of the Chesapeake Bay with my parents and sisters, having lots of adventures. Later, with my wife and three kids, we'd visit other parts of “the Bay”. From my adolescent years onward, I developed a genuine interest in the waterman's lifestyle and in Chesapeake Bay workboats, especially various wooden “deadrise” workboats. Some of this interest can be traced to my dad’s first boat, a 28-foot wood deadrise, built not as a fishing boat, but more as a rudimentary cabin cruiser.
I find these workboats fascinating. Although the Chesapeake deadrise design is similar throughout the various disciplines of bay harvesting, the way in which each boat is outfitted for its specific job is amazing to me. I applaud the boat builders of long ago who worked only by “rack of eye” (no drawings), building versatile and seaworthy crafts suitable for harvesting an impressive array of seafood including crabs, oysters, fish, clams, eels, turtles and many more.
I have owned many boats in my life, including a few wooden ones similar to some on my website. I currently own three boats (three too many, according to my wife). Inspired by the waterman’s heritage and by the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, I decided to develop a line of unique handcrafted wooden boat models and accessories, primarily emphasizing Chesapeake Bay workboats. When you view these display models in your home, office or business establishment, we hope you are transported back to the Chesapeake Bay, where watermen have toiled for many years on these boats of old.