Title

Nathaniel S. Wilson owns a sail loft in East Boothbay. Although his apprentices

Source

Salt

Date

1-2007

Volume Number

Number 63/64

Pages

108-117

Abstract

Nathaniel S. Wilson owns a sail loft in East Boothbay. Although his apprentices can perform almost all the steps of construction, Nat has a hand in every sail, seeing them as a sort of "kinetic sculpture." He likes staying small and turns away customers. His sails are handcrafted and appeal to a niche market. He does a lot of work for old square-rigged ships and schooners being used as tour boats or educational ships. An art student in college, he fell in love with sailing when he joined the Coast Guard and in 1979 moved to the farmhouse where in now lives. He never seems to find enough time to tinker with his antique auto, sail, or do other forms of art. He'd like one of his three sons to follow him into the business, but says it has to be a passion.

Subjects

Sailmaking, East Boothbay

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