About Keith Mitchell
I grew up in rural New England surrounded by artists, scientists and craftspeople. This upbringing instilled a strong sense of self-reliance, conservation and creativity in me. After apprenticing a celebrated master woodworker, working in the field and running my own business, I attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in the Pacific Northwest. There I added builder of traditional wooden boats to my list of expertise, which also includes cabinetry, entrances, stairs, millwork and design.
I am committed to the preservation of wooden vessels of all types and the craftsmanship involved in their construction.
I serve on the professional advisory committee for The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding,www.nwboatschool.org
I am a member of the Twelve Foot Dinghy Classic Wood Club,an international organization based around the first international one-design class of sailing dinghy first designed in 1913.
I recently worked at Rutherfords Boatshop in Richmond California, overseeing a near-total rebuild of 74′ schooner yacht “VIVEKA” first constructed in 1929. While living on the West Coast, I worked on wooden boats of all types from Penn Yan runabouts to 100’ powerboats and sailing yachts. I have also taken part in the construction of several smaller boats like skiffs and fantail launches.
Check out my Instagram feed for daily photos of my work @shipwrightskills