Boat Yard and Sawmill

Boat Yard and Sawmill

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Delaware before 1940, the sawmill and the boat yard were never far apart.  Sometimes they operated in the same space. The boatwright knew his local sawyer by name.  They sometimes walked through the woods together looking for...
Loblolly Pine in Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Loblolly Pine in Eastern Shore Sailing Workboats

Boatbuilders at smaller yards around the Bay, and watermen and farmers building their own skiffs, almost always used local wood.  The most abundant and readily available wood was loblolly.  Loblolly was used almost exclusively for planking, keelson, chine and sheer logs, deck beams, and centerboard cases.  White oak was sometimes used for the stem post, stern post or transom, and frames.

Mockernut hickory down at Pealiquor Landing

Mockernut hickory down at Pealiquor Landing

My friend Phil and I got a call about a big hickory that came down at historic Pealiquor Landing on the Choptank River below Denton. This was a big tree.  You can see it from low-earth orbit. We kept four log sections from going to the firewood pile.  They’re...
Native Trees of Caroline County

Native Trees of Caroline County

The best place to learn about trees native Caroline County is Adkins Arboretum.  It’s beautiful there. Try out our Tree Map of  Adkins Arboretum.  You can …   Pan and zoom the map to see trees that have been identified and marked on the map. Zoom...
Native Trees of Maryland

Native Trees of Maryland

Here is our list of 69 most common native trees in Maryland. We got our list from Maryland state manual, Maryland at a Glance.