Meet The Boat Shop Staff

Nat Shed, Interim Executive Director

Nathaniel (Nat) Shed hails from Brunswick, Maine and comes to the Carpenter’s Boat Shop with over thirty years of innovative leadership experience with non-profit organizations, specializing in planning, development, budgeting, program implementation, mentoring, problem solving, training, staff development, and creating intentional and inclusive communities. Nat has held leadership positions with the Quaker Friends, Unitarian Universalists, and the Boys and Girls club of Waterville. Nat will serve as the interim Executive Director through December 2019 and is excited to support the needs of this evolving organization.

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. 

Careyleah MacLeod

Careyleah MacLeod, House Manager

Careyleah is a born and bred New Englander–originally from the Boston area. Her first move to Maine was in 1969, settling in for good in 1978. Careyleah thinks her social work career began when she was a cook in Belfast, ME. As a second, third, or maybe fourth career, she returned to school in her late ’40s to become a therapist. After 20+ years, the last 10 of which was spent on the amazing island of Vinalhaven, she is considering retirement. Of course it made sense to return to cooking. It is her absolute joy to be completing the circle by being The Carpenter’s Boat Shop’s new House Manager. Spending time cooking food, talking and listening to people, knitting and music (and reading and hiking and pondering and stoking the fires) are all favorite things to do here!

Serafina Carlucci

Serafina Carlucci, Office Manager

Serafina Carlucci grew up in Massachusetts, near Boston. After moving to Maine about fifteen years ago, she moved to the Boat Shop in 2005 to live with her partner, now husband, Darin. After spending two years as Boat Shop House Manager, she has been running the Boat Shop office ever since, currently from home. Besides spending time with her trusty office assistants (the kids), she enjoys making things, learning new skills and dancing.

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
  • Kenneth Elowe
  • Matthew Filler
  • Ed Hamilton
  • Y. Hugh Hardcastle, III
  • Hannah Harter-Ives
  • David Levesque
  • Michael Putzel
  • James A. Rowan, Jr.
  • Toby Stephenson
  • Rick Wahle

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