Look who showed up at the Bar Harbor Show…

Look who showed up at the Bar Harbor Show…

On Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised with a visit from Alan deCheubell, my inspiration for the newest edition to the Maine Men Series,  “Rowing Old Tyler”.  After having read his story in the MDIslander last winter, I knew he would make a great edition to the series.  Alan is a very skilled woodworker and craftsman living in Bar Harbor, known for his beautiful cabinets and furniture.  Sadly, as he has gotten older his eye sight has started to fail.  So to make the best of it, he decided to move away from the detail work and focus on a larger project, building a boat.  His chose a Rangeley design that can either be sailed, rowed, or powered by motor.  At the first launch, Alan christened it Old Tyler with a bottle of Moxie and set her out for a spin on Echo Lake.  It is a beautiful boat and an even more wonderful story of perseverance and a passionate dedication.  Plus, I love that he used Moxie instead of Champagne….very Maine.  So needles to say, it was a pleasure meeting the man who helped make my painting come alive.  Thank you, Alan.