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Rod Million... one of our Local Wood Butchers! 
That's what some of us affectionately call each other, though Rod here seems to have graduated from butcher to surgeon in a remarkably short time.

Rod Million began his love affair with boatbuilding in '97.  After retiring from his career as a radiation oncologist at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida he and his wife Marge took some canoeing vacations in Montana, Utah and Maine. In Maine a side trip to the Wooden Boat's boatbuilding school in Brooklin began his love affair with wooden boats. His first boat was the Wee Lassie he built under the tutelage of Henry "Mac" McCarthy at the Feather Canoe Boat Shop in Sarasota. Since then he built a 2000 foot workshop behind his house on Lake Santa Fe in Melrose Florida and filled it with every tool  any craftsman could want.

rodcanoe.jpg (97019 bytes) Here's one of his canoes. As you can see, he's a quick study. All Rod's boats are strip built of western red cedar covered with glass, epoxy and varnish.

rodwherry2.jpg (97708 bytes) Here's his cosine wherry. 

rodwherry3.jpg (48655 bytes) He takes her for a morning pull around Melrose Bay. 

rodsurf.jpg (152709 bytes) Rod's working on one of the two Hawaiian surf boards he's made for his sons.

rodsurf2.jpg (159981 bytes) He's in the clean room of his shop. Notice the rows of lights on the walls.  

rodshop2.jpg (47802 bytes) As Rod rubs out the gunwale of a rowing shell you can see his shop behind him. The man doesn't scrimp on tools. 

rodshell.jpg (48118 bytes) Another shot of his shell. It's awaiting the sliding seat hardware. 

rodcanoedetail.jpg (48087 bytes) Details, details, details... he canes the seats himself of course. 

Rod has his own web site now, so go see more of him here: