Gardner, John (1905 - 1995)

Genre: Non-Fiction

John Gardner was born and raised in Calais,ME. He graduated from Calais Academy (1923) then went on the the Machias Normal School to train to be a teacher. He received his Masters from Teacher's College at Columbia University in 1932. He went to work in a boatyard in Marblehead, MA building and designing boats. He began writing for the Maine Coast Fisherman (now National Fisherman) in 1951 and continued as its technical editor until his death. After his retirement in 1964, he began working to build the small boat program at Mystic Seaport. He worked there until just before his death at the age of 90 in 1995.

Selected Bibliography

  • Building Classic Small Craft (1977)
  • The Dory Book (1987)
  • Classic Small Craft You Can Build (1993)
  • Wooden Boats to Build and Use (1996)
  • Building Classic Small Craft: Complete Plans and Instructions for 47 Boats (1997)