March 1979

Location: Key West, FL


After a four year Navy tour, I served a two year apprenticeship in a custom wood shop.  My mentor, tom Roche, his brother Michael and father Jack were instrumental in instilling in me the need for quality products and workmanship.

I started as an independent tradesman in Key West participating in some of the Old Key West restoration.  Onto New Albany, Indiana where I worked as an independent carpenter and also hired on a carpenter crew for Kentuckiana Trim. 

Job description: trimming out new construction, houses, apartments.  Also, one of the several carpenters assigned to install all the door’s and complex hardware on the new Kentucky Fried Chicken head quarters and historical museum. 

The weather in mid January drove me back to Fort Myers, FL in 1983 and I worked for Montgomery Brothers Cabinets as an independent installer. 

I signed on the carpenter crew at Fort Myers Yacht and Shipbuilding.  Here we built the Ted Brewer 44: a world class sailing vessel.  I was also a part of building molds for and eventually building the Captiva 24.  This boat is frequently used a fire boat with an awesome display of pumps and water delivery machinery. 

 In 1986, I went independent and established the Shipwright Shop: specializing in boat carpentry.  Working as an independent, on-site, shipwright at Gulf Marine Ways providing marine carpentry for many yachts and commercial vessels.

In November 1996, The Shipwright Shop was incorporated, and moved to it’s current location.  Centrally located in Fort Myers, this is an ideal location to serve, primarily, but not limited to Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.

One day at a time.




The Shipwright Shop, Inc.

P.O. Box 2745

Fort Myers Beach, Fl. 33932

Cell: (239) 850-6844