After growing up in the Midwest and meeting in sprawling Chicago, Erin and Evan Walsh yearned for a life that was more connected to nature. After finishing design school and entering the workforce in the city, they decided that changing pace wasn't simply an ideal, it was a necessity. They piled their belongings in a Subaru with their two close friends and set the car heading West towards Seattle. It took two weeks, and involved many National Park stops and wildlife sightings, but when they arrived in the Pacific Northwest they never looked back. Now, the couple resides in Port Townsend, and help craft and repair boats at the North West Maritime Center. We took a short trip to Port Townsend to view their workshop, explore their craft, and to spend a day in true Pacific Northwest fashion by hiking, clamming, and watching the sun go down along the waterfront.
Photos by Eleanor Lonardo.Photography styling and management by Ashley Townsend.
How long have you been working on boats, and when/where did you learn to craft boats?
Evan: I attended the twelve month course at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. I started in October of 2012 and graduated in September of 2013 and have had steady work since.