On a 2019 visit to Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op, I picked up a T-shirt with the image of a bandsaw on it. I wondered, why not a ship? But the saw turned out to be a symbol of how the founding shipwrights started the business. “In 1981 about six or seven guys bought a planer and a ship saw from a shop that was going out of business,” says Jeff Galey, one of the dozen current member-owners of the co-op. “It’s our logo.” The saw came from the Western Boat Co., which was co-founded by Joe…

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Paul Molyneaux is the Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.

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