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After careers ranging from high school English teacher to broadcast engineer and high tech entrepreneur, Peter has the opportunity to combine his passion for boats with a desire to convey the joy of working with one's hands. In founding the Wind & Oar Boat School, Peter shares his enthusiasm for the art of making, the beauty of wood, and the Zen of being on the water.
Dave Miller was born near corn fields in the Midwest to a family filled with decorated Naval officers, but was raised mostly at the beaches between San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA. He built and sailed numerous model ships and boats, all of which where rigged for dramatic self-immolation. Perilously designed inflatable ocean going ‘small craft’ were a childhood specialty. And though his best friend since second grade became a naval architect Dave got confused and became the other kind of Architect, working on many award winning land based residential and civic projects but always near the ocean. Dave's route back to the water was a winding one. Driven by his fascination for designing and for how things get built he followed his interests from Architecture and interiors through product design, to furniture design to woodworking, to designing and building woodworking tools to boat building and restoration. Dave's multifaceted background combined with his passion for his work comes across in his enthusiasm for freely sharing his knowledge and teaching.
After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Sculpture, Travis spent the summer of 2010 at The Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, ME. There he studied a broad range of topics ranging from boat building and oar making, to bronze casting and blacksmithing. After the summer in Maine, Travis moved across the country to Portland, OR, where he helped Peter Crim start the Wind & Oar Boat School.