HISTORY OF HUNTER BAY WOODWORKING
In 1974, with an engineering degree and several years as a house carpenter under his belt, Steven Brouwer, owner of Hunter Bay Woodworking Co., began his career as a boat builder at The Apprenticeshop in Bath, Maine. Two years there and six more years boat yard hopping in Maine formed a varied but solid foundation of woodworking experience. Stops along the way included self employed boat repair, Nick Roth's Boat Yard, Lyman Morse, Clark Island Boat, and Renaissance Yachts.
In 1983 Steven and his wife, Molly Bill, and their two young children, moved to the Pacific Northwest where they made Lopez Island, Washington their home and established Hunter Bay Woodworking Co. Steven has lived there on a small farm with his family ever since, building boats and doing a variety of fine woodworking projects over the years. Steven primarily works alone, although on large boat projects in the past he has hired 1-4 other skilled craftsmen to work with him in the shop. Throughout, quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and good client relationships have been the priorities at Hunter Bay Woodworking. Lately, Steven has been actively sharing his knowledge and experience, teaching a kayak building seminar and instructing several young adults in the construction of Tern, a 24 foot rowing/sailing expedition ketch. Steven is looking forward to more teaching and building in the years to come.