Medford man's handcrafted folk sea art harks back to historical boat building traditions
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder,
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder, uses a band saw to cut wood for a half model side view of boat in his workshop in Medford. (Jul. 15, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)
Half model boats hand carved by Christopher Hale,
Half model boats hand carved by Christopher Hale, 51, a boatyard worker and boat builder, whose hobby is making half model boats out of recycled wood (Jul. 16, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder,
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder, poses with the half model boats that he handcrafted out of recycled wood in his workshop in Medford. (Jul. 16, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)

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The workbench in Christopher Hale’s boat building workshop
The workbench in Christopher Hale’s boat building workshop where he hand crafts half model side views of boats out of wood in Medford. (Jul. 15, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder,
Christopher Hale, 51, boatyard worker and boat builder, carves wooden half model side views of boats out of recycled wood in his shop in Medford. (Jul. 15, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)
A collection of half wooden side views of
A collection of half wooden side views of boats handcrafted by Christopher Hale out of recycled wood and the book "The Twelve Metre Yacht" showing a photo of the Intrepid that has been a subject for his half-boat models. (Jul. 15, 2013) (Credit: Heather Walsh)
A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of
A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of East Quogue (2013) (Credit: Handout)
A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of
A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of East Quogue. (2013) (Credit: Handout)

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A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of
A half-boat model built by Fred Scopinich of East Quogue. (2013) (Credit: Handout)