Will Shields is a craftsman.
He builds boats.
He builds Adirondack chairs.
He builds just about anything around the resort.
On average, with no interruptions, Will can build one of the blue boats in about 1 1/2 weeks during the winter months.
Using jigs that Tom had built years ago, and patterns from the original resort boats, Will and Tom build about 2 -3 boats over the winter.
A gentle and steady hand is required to shape and fare in the ribs and stringers with the side panels. Piles of wood shavings are generated with each build.
Tom and Will take a lot of pride in this mostly hand build process.
It is part of the character of the resort.........
........ and the history of Ross Lake.