by Robb White
The supply of good boat building wood is a case of feast or famine these days. Back around '02, the terrible drought in the South enabled certain rapacious corporate property owners to clear-cut vast acreages of old-growth Atlantic white cedar out of the Apalachicola River swamp that had never been accessible before... stuff with annual rings about like the notches on the edge of a dime. Most of it went for siding for trendy restaurants and boutiques and such but a little of it made it into boats. I have it on good authority that some of that wood even made it to the WoodenBoat school.
Just this summer Katrina turned a world of old growth coastal wood into trash. I have a friend who lost