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BOAT MAKERBrad Dimock
Brad Dimock likes to build boats — wooden boats. "I came from a family of carpenters," he says. "All of us kids grew up wielding saws and hammers and making stuff." After he moved to Arizona in 1971, Dimock spent time as a guide on the Colorado River, where he eventually began rowing, repairing and rebuilding wooden boats (the majority of the watercraft at the time were rubber rafts). He admits it was love at first sight. "I was smitten with these things," he says. But it wasn't until the early '90s that Dimock actually began building wooden boats — specifically, replicas of those used by pioneers on the river. His work includes a re-creation of a 1938 cataract boat built by Norman Nevills, one of the first commercial river-runners. Last April, Dimock took the replica vessel on a 225-mile run down the Colorado to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Nevills' boat. "I've replicated a lot of the earlier styles of boats, but this is a very significant boat in the evolution of whitewater boating," he says.
— Kathy Ritchie
For more information, visit www.fretwaterboatworks.com.