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Easton Man Makes Model Boats with Surgical Precision by Dick Cooper

the entire vessel and shipyard are under glass and on display in Ed and Helen Thielers’ Easton living room. It took Ed, a retired orthopedic surgeon, a little over two years to make the Helen T. (named for his wife) from a single, 10-foot-long plank of Ponderosa pine. Everything, the mast and boom, all of the planking, the block and tackle, the ornate name boards, the sliding hatches and the bilge pumps,

The skipjack on jackstands in the middle of a working boatyard is an impressive sight. A ladder leans up against its side to allow workmen on board. A stack of lumber and a basket of tools are on hand for making repairs. The dredges hooked to the winder on the deck are masterfully constructed of chain links and woven rope ready to pull oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. What is equally impressive is that

The Helen T. sits on display. 23

April 2012 Tidewater Times  

April 2012 Tidewater Times

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