A Man

and his Craft.

 

 

 

 

  

Jerry Harper has defined wooden boat restoration for over 38 years and counting.

Located in Meredith, NH near the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, he is known world wide for his quality restorations of classic wooden boats!

     
     

 

Love of the art, skilled in the craft.... in depth knowledge....  the basis for his success.

 

This boat is receiving one of many coats of finish.

     
     

 

Moving around the boat, working on a section at a time..

 

The quality of the restoration, the high sheen; very fitting for this fine water craft.

     
     

 

This restoration is a  HackerCraft reproduction

 

The application of many coats of finish .... time and persistence to get it right.

     
     

 

Absorbed in his work..

 

the music blaring, whistling a tune

     
     

 

The artist carefully applies finish to a small section of the boat

 

Joined by one of his sons who helps with the work

     
     

 

Many strokes are required to attain the smooth result

 

Moving around the boat, he continuously monitors the wet finish

     
     

 

The wheeled stool helps in moving across the boat

 

Close inspection ensures a quality finish

     
     

 

Tirelessly he works... about 1/3 of this coat is completed

 

A rich forest green bottom coat has been applied...

     
     

 

Rolled on....

 

.....then carefully brushed smooth

     

 

 

 

 

A small section at a time... a small amount of finish

 

Only the very skilled can apply an even coat of finish with no drips

     

 

 

 

 

The HackerCraft will look magnificent in the water once again

 

The final side... almost done

     
     

 

After the finish was complete... the tape was removed. A stripe was applied with white paint.... absolutely flawless!

 

The final coat of finish dries on this skillfully restored HackerCraft

     
     
     

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

E-mail : harperboats@gmail.com
Phone- (603) 279-8841
Cell- (603) 455-5660

Mail : 78 Plymouth street Meredith, NH 03253