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Rowing isn’t like baseball or playing the piano. With only one lesson and a little time on your own, you can get the idea of it. From the perspective of about 60 years, a few thousand strokes, and more than a few stiff necks from looking over my shoulder to see where I’m going, I can now say that rowing came naturally to me not long after a nice older man named Fred, a Brit who worked as a caretaker for a number of summer families including my own, showed me the basics.

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Dust collection has come a long way in the past few decades. It was once common to have mounds of dust piling up around milling tools—planers, jointers, and tablesaws. Benchtops, however, don’t commonly have solidly engineered dust-collection solutions. And hand-sanding at the bench can produce a significant amount of fine dust over the course of a day. Oneida Air of Syracuse, New York, an industry leader in woodshop dust collection, has recently released a product, the BenchTop DC, aimed specifically at this problem.


WESTER TILL, a 47′ yawl designed by Henry Rasmussen and built by Abeking & Rasmussen, was launched in 1947 when the A&R yard was struggling to recover from World War II. She was nearly destroyed on a transatlantic delivery in the early 1980s, but she was subsequently rebuilt to very high standards.

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