Meet The Boat Shop Staff

Nat Shed, Interim Executive Director

Nat grew up in Western New York and in New Hampshire. He has lived in Maine for last forty-five years. He is a non-profit consultant specializing in helping organization’s with transitions. He has been the director of Friends Camp and Camp Unirondack. Now, in semi-retirement, Nat continues to share his thirty-five years of expertise in non-profit management. He is an active member of Portland Friends Meeting and is on the board of the Friends School of Portland. Nat’s favorite mountain is Mt. Monadnock, he joys making up captions for the New Yorker cartoons, his favorite cats are Willy and Valentina, and he enjoy entertaining, hiking and biking with his wife Julie deSherbinin.

Darin Carlucci

Darin Carlucci, Instructor

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Darin has spent the past twenty some odd years on the East coast. After coming this way to be a MOFGA farm apprentice for a year, he has been on or in boats ever since as either deck crew or in a boat yard, which included an apprenticeship at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in 1996-97. Darin began instructing full-time at the Boat Shop in 2003. He met his wife, Serafina, shortly thereafter doing something they both enjoy very much – dancing. Other than dancing, he enjoys playing with his two children, Linnea and Calla, spending time outside and working on various projects at the same time.

Sarah Highland

Sarah Highland, Instructor

Sarah Highland grew up in Philadelphia and New Mexico, eventually settling in Ithaca, NY, where she ran a small business as a carpenter, contractor, and designer for many years. Early on, she fell in love with timber framing, partly for the craft, and partly for the way in which raising a frame together builds community. Pursuing that thread, Sarah taught timber framing, straw-clay, and straw bale construction workshops, and led numerous community-built playground projects. She also continues to work as a facilitator for the Cornell Team and Leadership Center. Sarah’s experiences with the Peaceweavers Community in Bath, NY, as well as her spring apprenticeship at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop in 2009, affirmed the power of combining care of people and care of craft. She is grateful to be able to live, teach, and learn at The Boat Shop.



Kiran Chapman, Journeyperson

Kiran Chapman was a life-long New Yorker before moving to Maine. He left NYC in search of a community that sought an inclusive, sustainable, and growth-oriented mindset of living. Kiran was an apprentice during the 2018-19 year and has felt immensely satisfied by the intentional and thoughtful pace of work, both in the workshop and within the Boatshop community. He enjoys blacksmithing and exploring all of the incredible landscapes of Maine. He has a tabby cat named Kali, after the goddess of death. 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Admiral’s Table

Bath Savings Bank

Mid-Coast Energy Systems

Pam Daley & Randy Phelps

Captain’s Circle

HM Payson

First Mate


Second Mate

Damariscotta Dental

Damariscotta Hardware

First Naional Bank

Hancock Lumber

Hardy Boat Cruises

Masters Machine

Round Pond Coffee

Schooner Cove

Strong-Hancock Funeral Home

Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth Conway – President
  • Karen Filler – Vice-President
  • Peter McNaughton – Treasurer
  • Abby Rowe – Secretary
  • Pam Gormley – Clerk
  • Jim Austin
  • Kenneth Elowe
  • Matthew Filler
  • Ed Hamilton
  • Hannah Harter-Ives
  • David Levesque
  • Michael Putzel
  • James A. Rowan, Jr.
  • Rick Wahle

carved wooden door with text "hearts to god, hands to work"