Eric Sandberg, a finish carpenter at JWBC for the last 11 years, has been in the marine industry for over 34 years. He is a very skilled craftsman, and we think, one of the best in the area. He developed his carpentry over the years working side by side with the likes of Chummy Rich and Steve Spurling.
His attention to detail and his creativity have been a perfect fit for
the needs of the yard. He resides in Trenton during the winter months. In the summer he commutes to work from his home on Islesford in MISS POOH, a 19’ powerboat he finished himself.
Eric grew up sailing in Marina Del Ray, California. He moved east
to attend Ripon College in upstate New York where he began working at a boatyard. Eric earned a BS in economics but continued working in the marine industry including running a passenger ferry on the Niagara River. He moved to Maine in the early 1980s to work as dockmaster, rigger, and eventually service manager for Bass Harbor Marine. He then signed on as a production carpenter with John Williams Boat Company in 1996.
“I have always felt that the kind of work I get to do is somewhat
of a privilege. Not many places provide custom wood working jobs. Each yacht owner has different objectives in mind. This allows us to expand creatively. The results are unique…there isn’t as much charm in chrome and plastic.”
Eric enjoys sailing, riding his motorcycle and playing the guitar.
He also builds half models for Morris Yachts, Classic Boat Shop and John Williams Boat Company among others. He honed this craft under the guidance of the late Lyford Stanley, the designer of Stanley hulls built here at our yard on Mount Desert Island.