I found myself doing the same thing in my college years when Holland was building, from scratch, what's now called the Spirit of Dana Point, a 118-foot replica of a 1770 schooner. I would purposely go out of my way to travel down nearby Santa Ana Avenue, where Holland lived then, just to check on the ship's progress. It took him a dozen years to finish the job.
On Monday, I decided to not just drive by Holland's house, but to stop in for a chat. I found a man who loves to talk almost as he loves old boats.
He told me he planned to replace the Shawnee's rotting ribs with wood from an Amish lumberman in Pennsylvania — and Holland would make the pick up and delivery himself. The side planks would come from Alaskan wood and the decking from trees in Oregon. The hardware, circa 1915 or older, would come from England for an authentic restoration.