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

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.

Join us in 2019 for the next events

The boatshop is full of boats through November and December of 2018, so we'll pick back up Saturday Shop Talk events in January.
Throughout the winter, events are weather-permitting, so please call, email, or check back on this page for the latest information. 

January 12   10:00-11:30 am (tentative - check back in early January or join our email list)
February 9  10:00-11:30 am (tentative - check back in early February or join our email list)
March 9  10:00-11:30 am (tentative - check back in early March or join our email list)

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.


Thursday Evening Presentations in August 2018

In 2018, our Thursday evening events related to the Bolton Landing Boats & Boating Festival, a small-boat regatta along the shore of Lake George, of which Tumblehome is a proud sponsor. See above for all the details on this historic regatta. 

August 23: 
History of the American Canoe Association on Lake George
Historian Hallie Bond talked about "The Knights of the Paddle" (and their ladies), and the history of this organization on Lake George.  

August 30:
A Brief Genealogy of the Boats of Lake George and the Adirondacks

Speaking from the boatbuilder's perspective, Reuben Smith dove into some of the boats we know and love, and talked about what the colonial bateau evolved into, and what launches and runabouts evolved from. We had some examples of the boats discussed in the shop.

Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres -- and look back in time at boats and boating. 

Registration Requested: Please email or call 518-623-5050

Doors open 6:30pm, presentations start at 7:15pm in the boatshop at 684 State Route 28.


2018 Boat Shows

The WoodenBoat Show, Mystic Seaport
June 22-24, 2018

Fulton Chain Rendezvous, Old Forge NY (ACBS Adirondack Chapter Boat Show)
July 13-14, 2018

Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction, Clayton NY
August 3-5, 2018 

Lake George Rendezvous, Lake George NY (ACBS Adirondack Chapter Boat Show)
August 25, 2018 at the Lake George Village Town Docks

43nd Annual ACBS International Boat Show, Port Huron MI
September 12-15, 2018


Workshops and Other Events

Past Years: Thursday Evening Presentations in August

Here's what we did in previous years:

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 


In the News

Gadfly, Restored by Area Boatshop, Launched at Antique Boat Museum

The Gadfly is a 33-foot 1931 Hutchinson Island Commuter built specifically for folks living in the 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence River. 

Stoddard's Boats


For Reuben Smith, the owner of Tumblehome Boatshop in Warrensburg, Stoddard’s photographs are not merely of antiquarian or aesthetic interest.

GHOST Sound Inter Club won honorable mention professional restoration

Lake George Sailboat Takes Restoration Award at Mystic Seaport

‘Ghost’, a 29-foot Sound Interclub restored by a crew led by Reuben Smith for Assembly Point resident John Kelly, won Honorable Mention for Best Professionally Restored Boat . . . .

Tumblehome Boatshop Adirondack Life article

Tumblehome Boatshop: Reuben Smith's Warrensburg Rehab Center

Talking with Reuben Smith about his thoughtful approach to wooden-boat restoration and visiting his Tumblehome Boatshop just north of Warrensburg . . . 

Antique Boat Museum Chooses Local Craftsmen to Restore Famed Boat

Tumblehome Boatshop has been selected by the Antique Boat Museum to restore its 1931 Hutchinson Commuter.

Restored Sail Boat Takes First Place at WoodenBoat Show

A 29-foot Sound Inter Club restored by Reuben Smith’s crew took first place in its category.

Reuben Smith Opens Tumblehome Boatshop

Reuben Smith Opens Tumblehome Boatshop

Wood Boat Builder and Restorer Has Found the Perfect Place to Continue the Family Legacy

Return of the Sound Interclub

Return of the Sound Interclub

A retired Lake George sailboat is making a comeback, and Mystic Seaport is following its progress.

Reuben Smith

The Smith Rowboat

A Craft Perfectly Suited to Lake George