News & Events
News and Events

News & Events

Reuben Smith and Tumblehome Boatshop are making the news, and have events planned throughout the year.



Saturday Shop Talk

Typically one Saturday morning each month we open the boatshop doors to the public and talk shop -- and enjoy muffins and coffee. During these informal events, Reuben will talk about each of the wooden boats on the shop floor -- their history and the work being done to them. Events are free, but registration is requested. Call 518-623-5050 or email.

October 12:
10:00-11:30 am  >  Join us!!

November 9:
10:00-11:30 am - Tentative - check back in early November or call to confirm


Workshops and Other Events

Past Years: Thursday Evening Presentations in August

Here's what we did in previous years:

Boats and Boating at Adirondack Children's Camps
Historian Hallie Bond talked about wishing boats, aquacades, and the ways progressive educators used boats at Adirondack children's camps. We enjoyed nostalgic photos, and on the shop floor, examples of the boats discussed in this entertaining presentation.

A Fay & Bowen's Place in the 21st Century
Early powerboat builders such as Fay & Bowen understood how to get great performance out of low output and heavy powerplants: easy-running hulls and efficiency at the propeller. Reuben Smith talked about restoring these boats and how their naturally-efficient hull shapes are a lesson for us today as we turn to electric-powered boats.

The Thatcher Collection of Boats and Boating on Lake George
Tony Hall, editor of the Lake George Mirror, and Reuben Smith walked us through a series of photographs from the 1890s from the Jule & Fred Thatcher collection, discussing the social history and context of the photos, as well as the boats captured within those images.

Old Motors and the Boats They Live In
Reuben Smith talked about what it would have been like operating your boat back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Operating the engine back then required a level of knowledge, interest, attendance, and even fearlessness. We had some examples of old motors on hand, plus lots of old boats. 

Auto Boats: Early Powerboats of the 20th Century
Roughly 100 years ago, just as automobiles became fast, reliable, and enjoyable to drive, motor boat design came to follow the same trends. In an updated presentation of what his son Emmett Smith gave two years ago at Tumblehome, Everett Smith discussed the development of these boats in terms of comfort, hull design, and engine, and how the concept morphed into the now-familiar runabouts of the 1920s and 30s.  Several fine examples of historic Auto Boats were in the boatshop, as well as the Boathouse at Tumblehome.  

Echo: Biography of a Boat, Presentation by Hallie Bond
This lady has a pedigree. She has known glamorous times, and times when she really had to work for her living. She’s had care lavished on her. She’s had major surgery. Her life almost ended, forgotten and worn out, until rescued by a friend of her childhood. She is Echo, a 1927 Fay and Bowen runabout, who lived her entire life on Raquette Lake. Her story is the story of life for summer folk and year round folk alike amid changing times in the central Adirondacks. Echo was on exhibit in the Boathouse at Tumblehome during the presentation, as she was on loan from the Adirondack Museum.

Memories of "El Lagarto" and Driver-Owner George Reis, featuring Bill Gates and Ted Caldwell

"El Lagarto" Home Movies, courtesy of the family of riding mechanic Anderson "Dick" Bowers

"Canoes Seem Made for Girls" 
A Century of Women in Boats, Presentation by Hallie Bond
Historian and author Hallie Bond looked at how over the past century women discovered new ways of dressing, new relationships with men and women, and the Adirondack wilderness when they "paddled their own canoes" --and rowed their own guideboats and sailed their own sloops.

The Boats of Stoddard Photographs, Presentation by Reuben Smith 
We looked at classic photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard and other 19th and early 20th century photographers, and the classic wooden boats within those photos, homing in on particular boats and discuss their history on Lake George. Slide show presentation and boat exhibits. Encore presentation is possible - stay tuned for details.


Re-making History: The Sound Inter Club Restorations and Reintroduction to Lake George

The fast and powerful 1926 Sound Inter Club sailboats were raced and sailed first on Long Island Sound, but as many as 10 of them were brought to Lake George in the late 1930s and 40s, where they were enjoyed for decades by members of the Lake George Club and later Canoe Island Lodge. Of the 28 ever built, only five remain today.

Wooden boatbuilder Reuben Smith tells the story of the painstaking, careful restoration of two of these boats, as well as the historic reintroduction of the class to Lake George.
Past Events:

  • Hubbard Hall Curiosity Forum, Cambridge NY
  • Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga NY
  • Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne NY
  • Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Bolton Landing NY
  • Friends of Historic Huletts Landing, Huletts Landing, NY
  • Saratoga Lake Sailing Club 


Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival
A Small-Boat Regatta Along the Shore of Lake George

Saturday, September 22, 2018. Rogers Park, Bolton Landing.

A re-creation of the regattas and races on Lake George, NY that were common throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival, a day-long event at the Rogers Park docks in Bolton Landing, featured dozens of small boats from that era, powered by oar, paddle, and sail. There were in-water and on-land exhibits and demonstrations, and live music. 

  • Historic/period boats powered by oar, paddle, and sail
  • Demonstrations, races, exhibits
  • Music festival on site
  • Free and open to the public
  • A full day of activity for the entire family

This was a chance to experience and learn about the historic boats you may only have seen in photographs in books and museums. The event was hosted by the Bolton Historical Museum, and will be reminiscent of the photos and boats depicted in its current exhibit, "Along the Shore: Boats and Boating on Lake George from 1890-1920.” 

Hosted by the Bolton Historical Museum, and sponsored by the Lake George Mirror, Tumblehome Boatshop, and the Adirondack Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. 

For more information, contact Reuben Smith. We hope to conduct this regatta again in 2020! 

In the News

Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival News: Pilot Gigs Coming

Among the boats coming to next weekend’s Bolton Landing Boats and Boating Festival in Rogers Park are two 32-foot, six-oared rowing vessels from Lake Champlain.

AILEEN: the Return of the Sound Inter Club

Two boats of the same design are a matched pair. Add a third, and you have a class. 

Credit for that quip belongs to Reuben Smith, the builder and restorer of wood boats who is among those responsible for reassembling a class of One Design sailboats on Lake George – the Sound Interclubs.


"Stella Blue," A Modern Take on a Gentleman's Racer

Writer Art Paine talks with designer Bob Stephens of Stephens Waring Yacht Design and boat builder Reuben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop about their collaboration on "Stella Blue,"  a custom speedboat with element of a Gentleman's Racer but with features that make it practical for a family boating on a small Adirondack lake.

Read the article. 

Tumblehome and Sembrich receive AARCH award

Tumblehome Boatshop Receives Adirondack Preservation Award

The Sembrich, the opera museum and performance venue in Bolton Landing, and Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop in Warrensburg, have been selected to receive Preservation Awards by Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

A Homecoming for El Lagarto

Pick up a copy of this week's Lake George Mirror and get all the news on El Lagarto and the Gold Cup Festival this September.

Photo of magazines by Louisa Watrous

CAPRICE and GHOST: the Unlikely Return of the Sound Interclub Class

The January/February issue of WoodenBoat Magazine (Number 242) includes a feature article by editor Matthey P. Murphy on the restoration and reintroduction of the Sound Inter Clubs, "Caprice" and "Ghost." On sale at newstands and online at the WoodenBoatStore

Reintroducing the Sound Inter Club

Certain designs endure. If they’re beautiful, if they’re well built, if they are easy to own and easy to use, and if they have a history that resonates, then they become classics. The Sound Inter Club is one such boat.

Tumblehome 24: Design Review

The November/December issue of WoodenBoat Magazine (Number 241) includes a design review by Brendan Riordan on the Tumblehome 24, the custom speedboat designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design and under construction at Tumblehome Boatshop.  On sale online at the WoodenBoatStore

Tumblehome Builds a First: A Speedboat for the Entire Family

Reuben Smith opened his Tumblehome Boatshop in 2012, intending to build a business restoring antique wooden boats and, when able, constructing new boats based on historic designs. It was a successful gambit.

Hallie Bond at Tumblehome Boatshop

What Boating Meant to Women, What Women Meant to Boating

"The new woman needed a new kind of boat," That’s what historian Hallie Bond suggested last week at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop, where she presented, ‘“Canoes Seem Made for Girls:’ A Century of Women in Boats.”