Wooden boatbuilding and restoration requires an approach that is careful and thoughtful, based on years of experience. The crew at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop are a group of talented individuals with a headstrong commitment to their craft.
As owner/boatbuilder of Tumblehome Boatshop, Reuben grew up in a boatbuilding family, and has been working on wooden boats since about 1981. He has reestablished the Tumblehome Boatshop to focus on the high-end restoration and new construction of historic and classic wooden boats.
A highly talented woodworker and dedicated boatbuilder, Sean is indispensible in the boatshop. Sean and Reuben first started working together at Reuben’s old shop in Kingston, Massachusetts and then at Hall’s Boat Corp. in Lake George.
A skilled and talented boatbuilder, Jake brings technical expertise and enthusiasm to his work at Tumblehome Boatshop. Jake is a graduate of the Landing School’s Traditional Boatbuilding and Yacht Design programs. He has a degree in music from Skidmore College.
Nick Biles is an experienced boatbuilder with a range of shop skills. Nick’s experience in historic boatbuilding, plus his skills in traditional and modern wooden boat construction suit him well at Tumblehome. His easy manner and passion for the craft make him a natural at the boatshop.
John Gaffney comes to Tumblehome from IYRS, the International Yacht Restoration School, having completed the Boat Building/Restoration and Marine Systems programs. From nearby Old Forge NY, John also brings experience working around boats first as a marina dock hand and later as service technician.