By surprise, I stepped happily back in time in 2012 when I came across the bow of a small boat peeking out from a work shed on Wareham Road. That was when I met Lowell Brundage (pictured), who was building a handsome 16-foot Swampscott dory with center board, on a steam-bent white oak frame planked with white pine and held together by copper rivets and bronze nails. His shop stands on property with a deep history, held by one family since 1898: Augustus and Anna Fratus, from Pico in the Azores, who passed it to Mary (Fratus) Perry and Marion Perry, who passed it to Bertha (Perry) Woodfin and Edward Roth Woodfin Jr., who passed it to their daughters, Kathryn (Woodfin) Olsen and Sandra Woodfin. Change moves slowly in this corner of town.
More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.