Alf Manuel

With his newly finished boat out of the shop, it's easy to see why Alf was drawn to the trap skiffs of his youth.

Alf Manuel has deep roots in Twillingate, a small town on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Seven generations of his family have made their home there, and it was only in Alf’s lifetime that a causeway and bridge, built in 1973, connected it by road to the rest of Newfoundland. Naturally, boats and boatbuilding are steeped in his bloodline.
Alf Manuel

An eye auger would be a curiosity or an antique to most, but to Alf, it's a tool that hasn't yet outlived its usefulness. The axe in the background to the left belonged to Alf's father, but it is not the one Alf used to make toy boats.

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