About Jon

I fell in love with framed boats as a little boy exploring the Native American exhibit in the Museum of Natural History. Searching for a lightweight alternative to a heavy wooden canoe I built about 20 years ago, I became acquainted with modern skin on frame boat building technology.¬† Since then I’ve traveled around the country to take classes, and I’ve taught classes at the school where I teach, at summer camps, for private clients and with the Yonkers Paddle and Rowing Club.¬† I have a strong interest in building skin-on-frame Adirondack Guide Boats. Compared to many commercial options, they are relatively lightweight and retain all the best aspects of the boat. Lightweight, fast, and seaworthy, the guideboat is a joy to row. I’m passionate about teaching¬† and would love to help you make your own boat.