Over the past week, now that I have heat in the Railway Office, I have been putting in the final touches of insulation and planking. I know this seems to take forever, but the planking is the time killer for sure. Each board is split on the band saw from Cedar out on the stacks of wood. This way it has a very cool texture and is from the railway for the railway. This is the way it would have been done rather than any new stuff.

The green stuff is 2 inch insulation. Dammm $75 a sheet!

The door all insulated and planked

But things, as they do around here, got a little carried away in the Art Dept. Ya. I had a blank wood canvas and it needed a little sumthn sumthn

Penciling in some graphics on the raw wood

Laying the first coat of black, today I will clean that up.. Or not? Gotta say sitting there, in a warm building listening to music and painting is a VERY peaceful moment

The red painted in, as you can see it was getting a tad late.

A coat of shellac like the rest of the wood ties it all together.

Look on the building above the door.

So you ask… Why a Woolsy’s sign? Well, Woolsy’s was the brand of choice way back in the day at the Railway.

When Woolsy was Woolsy’s – man oh man I wish I could find one of these.

I did find some cool art from that period, and made it like it would have been made by a sign painter to paint on a wall.

And there ya have it. Another day creating art. Not like Art’s parents did about 100 years ago……..

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15 Responses to “A Homage To The Butler’s And Woolsy’s”
  1. Bilge Rat

    Very cool.

    I love being on my shop with the heat on during a cold winter day and working on something, not necessarily a boat something.

  2. Matt

    Agree, its so peaceful, no deadlines or distractions. AND, you may actually get something done! HA

  3. Greg Lewandowski

    Looks good, but trying to figure out the big door. Did you build a new plank door over the original door?
    I wish I had the talent do do lettering like you do.

  4. Gregory Wieckowski

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before, but with my lack of prowess I don’t know how to get to your great history. How old IS the railway? How old is Sweat Pea?

  5. Matt

    The doors are still doors, I needed to insulate them, and then cover that. The railway was started in 1893 and been in continuous use since then. I am the third owner. The Butlers owned it for over 100 years. SWEET PEA is a 1968 Rice 40 Trawler. Built here in Reedville VA at Rice marine Railway

  6. Murdock

    Perfect touch Matt!!!
    You’re beginning to run out of walls to paint on, so when you’re ready for a road trip, Howe Marine has PLENTY of blank canvas Up North!!!
    We even have flush toilets, power and intermittent internet, so you can do your real job remotely too……..just sayin’! 😄

  7. John Rothert

    I get it because I practically live in my shop. Boat back in my covered slip after bottom paint, zincs, filters and impellers…one of these days I am going to cruise up to the Railway…that is a really special place…now and back then.

    John in Va.

    • Troy in ANE

      John: you fail to mention that the main reason you live in your shop is the man (ghost) who emerges out of your wardrobe at night.

  8. Mark in Ohio ( today in Florida)

    I agree with you Bilge Rat. There is nothing like going out in your work space and working on something. Especially when there are no interruptions. It make you feel good and productive. Great way to dress up a door Matt.

  9. Mike D

    Matt do you have any thoughts with the angle on the left leg of the “N”s ? It immediately stood out to me but I don’t understand why it would be the only letter with that feature.

  10. Art

    Art’s conception was only 80 years and 10 months ago, so I’m just a classic and not an antique.

  11. Rabbit

    Man, Matt, you art directors never stop art directing. But like every other touch, it’s way cool. You have met your match, though, in another art director friend of mine, Teresa Surralt, who with her husband David has rescued an old summer camp in Southern Wisconsin called Camp Wandawega. If you like following Matt’s exploits, follow Wandawega on Instagram. Just as obsessed about preserving history as Matt is. That said, it’s not much of a boating lake, and while they have a nicely restored wood row boat, that’s about it.

  12. Philip Andrew

    5 stars. Very nice Matt. One question. What music were you listening to?