Bella grew up on a hillside farm in Vermont where running barefoot in pastures and sledding under the full moon were typical. Despite loving her bucolic home, she moved to New York City as soon as the opportunity arose. There, among other things, she worked for the City Department of Parks & Recreation, ghost-wrote a column about traffic for the New York Daily News, and received a Masters
in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Bella found her way to Maine and the Apprenticeshop because of a deep craving to learn to work with her hands and build things. She took a leap into the unknown on the advice of her uncle, a Maine builder and sculptor, who assured her that “if you learn to build a boat, you can build anything.” Bella enrolled in the two-year program at
the Apprenticeshop where she soon became captivated by the process of coordinating her physical effort with complex visualized intentions to manifest beautiful and functional objects. Two years proved not enough, and so after graduating, she worked for three rewarding years as a carpenter for Rockport Marine and then pursued additional training at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport. She taught back at the Apprenticeshop for one year before starting Studio IZP in 2012 to design and build furniture for retail and commission. She has also taught classes in boatbuilding, woodworking,
design, and art at Islesford Boatworks, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Steel House, and the Rockland After School Alliance. Bella was honored to be asked to join the Board of the Apprenticeshop in the summer of 2017, and even more so to be entrusted, in 2018, with leadership of the organization that taught her how risk and perseverance can transform. Bella lives in the South End of Rockland with her husband Martin, who was also an apprentice with her back in 2005.
Kevin grew up in a large Foreign Service family, living in Europe and South America before returning to the United States, where he studied design at Virginia Tech. While in college, he spent summer weekends racing log canoes on the Chesapeake Bay and remembers reading about a boatbuilding school in Maine called The Apprenticeshop in an early issue of WoodenBoat Magazine. After graduating, he sold his rebuilt Austin Healey 3000 to raise the funds to travel to Maine to do an internship at the Shop, back when it was in Bath. Taken by the experiential teaching style, the craftsmanship, and the sense of community at the Shop, Kevin remained in Bath for the next year and a half as an apprentice. Upon leaving the Shop he returned to the Chesapeake to oyster on a sailing skipjack, and returned to Maine to spend the next ten years working as a professional boat builder in the Boothbay area. In 1989 he returned to the Shop as an instructor. Since then he has seen more than 200 boats launched and countless apprentices, intensives, and volunteers come through the Shop. Kevin and his wife Trish live on a small farm in rural Jefferson, Maine.
Waterfront and Seamanship Director
Terry grew up in Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake, spending his formative years aboard boats exploring the tidewaters of Virginia. He became an avid sailor during his junior year in college when he participated in a semester at sea aboard a faro-cement brigantine square-rigger. It was that opportunity to study seamanship with Long Island University’s SEAmester that galvanized his career path. After graduating from William and Mary with a degree in Chemistry, Terry served 2 years in the Peace Corps as a marine fisheries volunteer, stationed on a coral atoll in Micronesia. To this day it remains the most powerful, formative, long-term experience of his life. After the Peace Corps, he returned to the states, obtained his USGC (100TNC) captain’s license, and went on to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, the WoodenBoat School, and to run the Eagle Island mail boat on Penobscot Bay for many years while raising his family. If there is one thread that runs throughout Terry’s career, it is his love of boats, the ocean, adventure, teaching, and boat-based education for youth and adults. Terry manages the waterfront at the Apprenticeshop, he leads expeditions for apprentices, and he is instructs the Fisherman’s Academy group during the school year. Terry and his family live in Camden, Maine.
While Laura has had many different jobs over the course of her life, education and the outdoors have been the common thread through all of them. Originally from Massachusettes, Laura received her B.S. in philosophy from Northeastern University. She has worked as an Education Program Manager for Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation, a Ski Instructor, an elementary school teacher, a social worker, and a forest fire fighter for Rocky Mountain National Park. She also currently works as the Administrative Director for Watershed School in Camden, where she lives with her family and her dog.
Daniel Creisher was born in southeastern Massachusetts but moved to Maine in his teens. After high school, he started working for the University of Maine teaching outdoor educational programs in the western part of the state. He spent the next eight years teaching young people, playing in the mountains, and working in construction to support his teaching and skiing habits. After getting an associates degree in architecture from a small community college in southern Maine, he realized he wanted to learn how to build boats. Having taught in experiential education programs, he liked the Apprenticeshop's approach to learning the craft. In 2012, he came to Rockland to join the Shop. Since then, he has been working in classic yacht restoration until his recent return to the Shop as a boatbuilding instructor. He now lives in Union and is starting to build a small house for himself there.