The Tommy Holmes Michigan Boat Shop Tour Part 2

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map 2Tommy Holmes continues his glorious trek across Michgan and shares it with us all, today from Danenberg Boatworks! Take it away Mr Holmes

Woody Boater cub reporter reporting in on the 2015 boat shop tour of Northern Michigan Part 2 from Manistee, MI, home of the Thoroughbreds. Second stop on the tour is the Danenberg Boatworks which is actually in Stronach, MI near the railroad tracks where Don Danenberg and Jimmy Raspotnik do their thing.

It is always an educational experience whilst spending time with Professor Don. I could write a book about my visit but I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

1 launch roof

Upon arrival we found Jimmy getting ready to dry fit the 1887 Lawley Steam Launch top.

2 launch prop

Meanwhile Don was showing off how large the propeller is while I was more impressed by the size of the rudder.

3 steam engine

Jimmy is praying over the steam engine.

4 boiler

They told me this was the boiler for the launch but it looks like a bootlegger still to me.

5 wood work 1 - Copy

The steam launch has the typical Danenberg wood working, Awesome!

6 wood work 2 - Copy

Easy does it for Don and all those curves. He preserved the original coaming but said he could have made it new in less time.

7 couple of barrels

Couple of Chris Craft barrel backs are underway in the shop as well.

8 covering boards 1

The covering boards on the 1942 Custom 19 will require 4/4 stock.

9 covering boards 2 - Copy

The covering boards on the 1939 will be a walk in the park for Don and Jimmy.

10 danenberg bottom

There it is!, an authentic Danenberg bottom.

11 don and book

Don researching some photos from the Cadillac Chris Craft plant.

12 professor don

The Professor is still talking but it’s time for lunch. And no he does not look like Santa Claus.

13 silver arrow

Oh ya, on the way out, a Silver Arrow in process; wood and fiberglass can play together! As always it is an experience to visit the Danenberg Boatworks. Thanks Don and Jimmy! BTW, visit his web page for more project photos and forum Q&A.

14 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Are you sure he’s not Santa? He’s big, got the beard and he runs what looks like Santa’s workshop. If it looks, sounds and walks like a duck………. It’s gonna be hard to get those down the chimney though.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Tommy do you have a fever? Two stories with no Century’s?

    These sure are some wonderful shops, thanks for bringing them here for us to see.

  3. Jeff Funk
    Jeff Funk says:

    I’ve had the good fortune to visit Don’s shop several times. It’s always a treat. He’s always been a true gentleman and very generous with his time. It helps if you treat him to some Captain Morgan…after the power equipment is put away.

  4. Chad
    Chad says:

    The hobby is lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge. Without Don’s books, his forum and his advice over the years I would never have completed my first project.

  5. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    WOW! Was just taking a look at Danenberg’s site and remembering when I looked through it back before I started my project and trying to make since of it all. Now when I look at it it’s all to familiar and makes perfect since… 😀

  6. Wylie
    Wylie says:

    Charlie Rondi Vous II a work of art by Danenberg. Photo taken at the Century Roundup, Manistee. Tuobanur I wish I could vote for Eisenhower

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