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Carl Hathaway
, Adirondack Guideboat Builder, Saranac Lake

Carl's mentor Willard Hanmer varnishes a guideboat. *Watch (QuickTime video 3:18)
*no soundtrack

"The pickups of the Adirondacks." Listen (Real 1:19)

An old blue guideboat that made its way back. Listen (Real 2:38)

Carl Hathaway was the subject of this April 24, 2000 profile jointly produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York and North Country Public Radio. Listen (Real 6:07)

Carl Hathaway of Saranac Lake is a master of the craft of building Adirondack guideboats, which were originally designed, in Carl's own words, as "pickup trucks, working boats used to go out for groceries, haul luggage take a client hunting and maybe bring back a deer, take a family to church on Sunday." Today they are prized as examples of fine woodwork and are featured in many premium museum collections. Carl learned to make guideboats from the well-known Willard Hanmer and his wife. Following the Hanmer tradition, Carl was, until his recent retirement, the fourth generation of guideboat builders to run the business in a small shop just outside Saranac Lake. Besides building and repairing boats, Carl has been a guide and caretaker for nearly 50 years, serving generations of one family on their private estate in the Adirondacks.

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