John and his grandson in a wooden row boat

John and his two year old grandson


John and Joan Schmit

During John's career as a Boeing Co. executive, he enjoyed restoring classic wooden boats. He restored several Century and Chris Craft run-abouts to operating and near-show condition. As with this Thea Foss row boat, he often had to repair and replace wooden parts.

Acquiring wood, and supplies for these boats required numerous trips to Seattle from his home on Lake Tapps. Durning one of these trips, the idea struck Joan to open a store for woodworkers in a building they were renovating in Sumner.