News & Events
News and Events

News & Events

Reuben Smith and Tumblehome Boatshop are making the news, and have events planned throughout the year.



Saturday Shop Talk

One Saturday morning each month we open the boatshop doors to the public and talk shop -- and enjoy muffins and coffee. During these informal events, Reuben will talk about each of the wooden boats on the shop floor -- their history and the work being done to them. Events are free, but registration is requested. Call 518-623-5050 or email.

2018 Schedule

February 10   10:00-11:30 am  
March 10   10:00-11:30 am 
April 14   10:00-11:30 am 
June 16  10:00-11:30 am  (new date!)
July 14  10:00-11:30 am (tentative - check back soon)
September 8  10:00-11:30 am (tentative - check back soon)

2018 Boat Shows

The WoodenBoat Show, Mystic Seaport
June 22-24, 2018

Fulton Chain Rendezvous, Old Forge NY (ACBS Adirondack Chapter Boat Show)
July 13-14, 2018

Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction, Clayton NY
August 3-5, 2018 

Lake George Rendezvous, Lake George NY (ACBS Adirondack Chapter Boat Show)
August 25, 2018 at the Lake George Village Town Docks

43nd Annual ACBS International Boat Show, Port Huron MI
September 12-15, 2018


Thursday Evening Presentations in August

Save the dates: August 23 and August 30, 2018

Registration Requested: Please email or call 518-623-5050

Doors open 6:30pm, presentations start at 7:15pm in the boatshop at 684 State Route 28.

Check back for the summer 2018 schedule.

We'll enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres -- and took a look back in time at boats and boating. 


Workshops and Other Events

Past Years: Thursday Evening Presentations in August

Here's what we did in previous years:

The Thatcher Collection of Boats and Boating on Lake George
Tony Hall, editor of the Lake George Mirror, and Reuben Smith walked us through a series of photographs from the 1890s from the Jule & Fred Thatcher collection, discussing the social history and context of the photos, as well as the boats captured within those images.

Old Motors and the Boats They Live In
Reuben Smith talked about what it would have been like operating your boat back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Operating the engine back then required a level of knowledge, interest, attendance, and even fearlessness. We had some examples of old motors on hand, plus lots of old boats. 

Auto Boats: Early Powerboats of the 20th Century
Roughly 100 years ago, just as automobiles became fast, reliable, and enjoyable to drive, motor boat design came to follow the same trends. In an updated presentation of what his son Emmett Smith gave two years ago at Tumblehome, Everett Smith discussed the development of these boats in terms of comfort, hull design, and engine, and how the concept morphed into the now-familiar runabouts of the 1920s and 30s.  Several fine examples of historic Auto Boats were in the boatshop, as well as the Boathouse at Tumblehome.  

Echo: Biography of a Boat, Presentation by Hallie Bond
This lady has a pedigree. She has known glamorous times, and times when she really had to work for her living. She’s had care lavished on her. She’s had major surgery. Her life almost ended, forgotten and worn out, until rescued by a friend of her childhood. She is Echo, a 1927 Fay and Bowen runabout, who lived her entire life on Raquette Lake. Her story is the story of life for summer folk and year round folk alike amid changing times in the central Adirondacks. Echo was on exhibit in the Boathouse at Tumblehome during the presentation, as she was on loan from the Adirondack Museum.

Memories of "El Lagarto" and Driver-Owner George Reis, featuring Bill Gates and Ted Caldwell

"El Lagarto" Home Movies, courtesy of the family of riding mechanic Anderson "Dick" Bowers

"Canoes Seem Made for Girls" 
A Century of Women in Boats, Presentation by Hallie Bond
Historian and author Hallie Bond looked at how over the past century women discovered new ways of dressing, new relationships with men and women, and the Adirondack wilderness when they "paddled their own canoes" --and rowed their own guideboats and sailed their own sloops.

The Boats of Stoddard Photographs, Presentation by Reuben Smith 
We looked at classic photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard and other 19th and early 20th century photographers, and the classic wooden boats within those photos, homing in on particular boats and discuss their history on Lake George. Slide show presentation and boat exhibits. Encore presentation is possible - stay tuned for details.


Re-making History: The Sound Inter Club Restorations and Reintroduction to Lake George

The fast and powerful 1926 Sound Inter Club sailboats were raced and sailed first on Long Island Sound, but as many as 10 of them were brought to Lake George in the late 1930s and 40s, where they were enjoyed for decades by members of the Lake George Club and later Canoe Island Lodge. Of the 28 ever built, only five remain today.

Wooden boatbuilder Reuben Smith tells the story of the painstaking, careful restoration of two of these boats, as well as the historic reintroduction of the class to Lake George.
Past Events:

  • Hubbard Hall Curiosity Forum, Cambridge NY
  • Second Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga NY
  • Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne NY
  • Darrin Fresh Water Institute, Bolton Landing NY
  • Friends of Historic Huletts Landing, Huletts Landing, NY
  • Saratoga Lake Sailing Club 


In the News

"Stella Blue," A Modern Take on a Gentleman's Racer

Writer Art Paine talks with designer Bob Stephens of Stephens Waring Yacht Design and boat builder Reuben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop about their collaboration on "Stella Blue,"  a custom speedboat with element of a Gentleman's Racer but with features that make it practical for a family boating on a small Adirondack lake.

Read the article. 

Tumblehome and Sembrich receive AARCH award

Tumblehome Boatshop Receives Adirondack Preservation Award

The Sembrich, the opera museum and performance venue in Bolton Landing, and Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop in Warrensburg, have been selected to receive Preservation Awards by Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

A Homecoming for El Lagarto

Pick up a copy of this week's Lake George Mirror and get all the news on El Lagarto and the Gold Cup Festival this September.

Photo of magazines by Louisa Watrous

CAPRICE and GHOST: the Unlikely Return of the Sound Interclub Class

The January/February issue of WoodenBoat Magazine (Number 242) includes a feature article by editor Matthey P. Murphy on the restoration and reintroduction of the Sound Inter Clubs, "Caprice" and "Ghost." On sale at newstands and online at the WoodenBoatStore

Reintroducing the Sound Inter Club

Certain designs endure. If they’re beautiful, if they’re well built, if they are easy to own and easy to use, and if they have a history that resonates, then they become classics. The Sound Inter Club is one such boat.

Tumblehome 24: Design Review

The November/December issue of WoodenBoat Magazine (Number 241) includes a design review by Brendan Riordan on the Tumblehome 24, the custom speedboat designed by Stephens Waring Yacht Design and under construction at Tumblehome Boatshop.  On sale online at the WoodenBoatStore

Tumblehome Builds a First: A Speedboat for the Entire Family

Reuben Smith opened his Tumblehome Boatshop in 2012, intending to build a business restoring antique wooden boats and, when able, constructing new boats based on historic designs. It was a successful gambit.

Hallie Bond at Tumblehome Boatshop

What Boating Meant to Women, What Women Meant to Boating

"The new woman needed a new kind of boat," That’s what historian Hallie Bond suggested last week at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop, where she presented, ‘“Canoes Seem Made for Girls:’ A Century of Women in Boats.”

Gadfly, Restored by Area Boatshop, Launched at Antique Boat Museum

The Gadfly is a 33-foot 1931 Hutchinson Island Commuter built specifically for folks living in the 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence River. 

Stoddard's Boats


For Reuben Smith, the owner of Tumblehome Boatshop in Warrensburg, Stoddard’s photographs are not merely of antiquarian or aesthetic interest.