Keith Douglas Jones, born in 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, served in USAF from 1968?974, Purdue University, Indiana, 1978, BS in Engineering, and holds a USCG 100-ton Merchant Mariner Credential. After working in Aerospace for over thirty years the author returned to his roots and love of wooden boats, first encountered as a child playing on the waters of the West Fork of the White River in Indiana and messing around with his cousins at the O'Brien boat shop that overlooked the river. After repairing, building, and sailing boats, he changed direction to make small, flat-bottomed skiffs, often called ?latirons?because of their resemblance to the cast iron pressing irons that were heated on top of a stove. Primarily workboats, these skiffs have been used everywhere there is water, often rowed, powered by small motors, or sailed. Simple and cheap to build, using traditional methods and materials, they are now his favorite boat design when teaching boatbuilding. Jones prefers traditional building over modern composite epoxy methods. Even though those methods are good, he has developed allergies to the chemicals after years of working with them. Working without plans, designing by eye and building by hand are his preferred methods. His tools of choice are simple hand powered ones, with lots of patience thrown in for good measure. He lives with his wife Barbara in Virginia near the Potomac River.


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