Mike Keifer is a master boat builder who makes wooden boats in Michigan. He’s the owner of Great Lakes Boat Building Company; he builds the boats, sells the boats, and teaches newcomers how to pick up a surform and a hatchet and get to splintery work. The timeless connection Keifer feels with the centuries of wooden boat building is clear in this piece. You can nearly hear the gentle slapping of a warm lake current against the lacquered hull of one of these beauties.

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