About Us


Doug Park

A Marblehead native, Doug Park grew up sailing around Marblehead and was officially introduced to the world of wooden boats as a student aboard the Harvey Gamage with The Ocean Classroom Foundation. While in high school, Doug spent summers apprenticing at Redds Pond, and deepened his love of boat building. During college summers he worked intermittently with Ocean Classroom and Manchester Marine. In 2009 Doug returned to boat building full time when he was accepted as a student at the International Yacht Restoration School. Upon graduation, Doug gained experience as a shipwright on the Charles W. Morgan restoration at Mystic Seaport where he developed period techniques to recreate the bow section of this historic ship. Doug bought Redds Pond Boatworks in 2011. He brings a wealth of experience and tireless enthusiasm to breathe new life into this iconic shop.



Russell Wells

Being born, raised and educated in Vermont helped instill an appreciation for traditional craft for Russ Wells. Whether sailing dinghies or schooners, rowing dories or paddling whitewater kayaks, he has enjoyed the diverse of ways to be out on the water and strives to be around other passionate boatmen. Through an apprenticeship with Peter Chase of Cape Rosier Boat Shop in Brooksville, ME over the last five summers, Russ was able to garner and hone the skills of the trade. He has helped with several boats, including a Cape Rosier Wherry and an 1880 schooner yawl boat. Currently he is close to completing a 1959 Lyman 23’ restoration project. When Russ isn’t tinkering with wooden boats he works at Tower School as a science and health teacher, often including lessons learned as a woodworker and waterman.




Jasper serves as the head of RPB's welcoming committee, and the shop's official door bell.