Jeff Schlosser is a man of few words and deep skills. Listen well when he speaks. After a successful career in NASCAR as a body/aerodynamic fabricator for seven championship seasons with drivers like Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. among others, Jeff returned to a 30-acre farm on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge near Saluda, NC, and looked around for the next thing to do. He’s a man who appreciates the well-crafted object in any material: metal or wood.
He has taken on the successful program of building canoes in the Mondamin Boatshop and every year or so, produces one or two wood and canvas canoes for the Mondamin fleet. He also maintains and repairs the beautiful fleet we have, including the majestic war canoes.
Most importantly, he loves to teach the campers from Mondamin and Green Cove the attention to detail, the love of the process of patient attention that craftsmanship can provide, and the safety processes needed to work with the machinery that shapes wood.
We are proud of him and the engaging work he provides for our campers. When visiting camp, make sure you drop by to see what’s going on. You may get lucky and get recruited to work with Jeff and his crew and therefore become a small part of a team creating part of a beautiful canoe for the next hundred years of camp.