Lois McClure

From Tree to Stick: A New Mast for Lois

Wood is a deceptively challenging medium to work with: easy enough for a first-time builder to work with, yet with a learning curve so steep and so broad that no carpenter could ever seriously claim to know absolutely everything about it. And while the tools have improved and techniques debated and refined, the basic principles and traditions behind woodworking have remained unchanged for millennia.

Ship’s Log 2019: Schooner Lois McClure from Burlington to Westport and Plattsburgh

On the run south from Burlington to our first tour stop in Westport, New York, the crew let fly every inch of canvas available; in its element on a comfortable broad reach, with the winds whistling out of the northwest over Split Rock, Lois came tantalizingly close to its all-time speed record of eight knots.