Don R Van Hoy – The Old Marlinspike

I practice the ages old craft of marlinspike seamanship. Many generations of sailors created practical and beautiful items to trade, take home to loved ones or to use for themselves. I make deck mats, bell ropes, covered bottles, key fobs, decorative paddles and chart boxes for use in a boat or a home where a nautical look is desired. I learned this during my time in the U.S. Coast Guard and from many old books on the subject. I enjoy carrying on this tradition in honor of those who came before us.

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