I grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey called Dividing Creek... If you’re from there, it’s Split Ditch. I’d spend the days trudging through the mud, swimming, canoeing, water skiing and exploring the little creek that winds its way through the stinkin’ marsh out to the Delaware Bay. Out on the bay the stripers strike hard and the crabs and oysters are plentiful… Quite a handful of my younger days were spent working on commercial fishing boats out there with my old man. Out of the creek, around egg island and north up the bay a ways sits a little cast iron lighthouse on a shoal smack dab in the middle. Ship John Shoal has always stuck with me as a memory of my growing up. Maybe it's the backwards old-style vocabulary in the name, the beauty of the lighthouse itself, or the fact that you can barely see it from land... I just like it. It's my Hickory Wind.
Over the past decade, I've learned from scratch a trade that I now cherish. Mistakes have turned to ideas, ideas have created products and designs that are simple, beautiful, and harken back to a time when things were made with care and longevity in mind. I've recently added some trusted hands to pass along what I've learned over these years.
Thank you for checking out Ship John
Cap'n. Mike Elias