Chapter Member Profile – Ed Barker

WOOD & GLORY XIX

IT’S A

BARKER FAMILY AFFAIR

Presented by Wayne Mooers, Chapter Historian

For the past 19 years Wood & Glory has focused on our members, families & friends…. getting together and using our Antique & Classic boats.  We also tend to enjoy some fine meals and wines!  Here is a family profile from one of our Chapter’s early members, Wayne Barker.  If you don’t already know them, introduce yourself and “yak it up” this weekend.

 ABOUT MY FAMILY

“ I was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada in 1943.  The years go by real fast, and today I am proud to be the father of 2 wonderful sons, James and Erin and a beautiful daughter Kimberly, as well as 6 grandsons. All of them love to be around the water and our boating, especially with our family wooden classics.”

“I GOT INTO CLASSIC BOATING ….in 1985 when I purchased Ain’t She Sweet, a 17’ 1960 Chris Craft Sportsman from a customer in Hayward, California. I thought she was beautiful with all the chrome and rich mahogany. We used her as a family ski boat at Lake Berryessa and on the California Delta for years. We got much enjoyment and compliments about her from fellow boaters. They were fun times and great memories, which still live on today with my children and now grandchildren.”

“One day when I was out making sales calls on one of our customers, Custom Gear in San Leandro.  It turned out the owner, a nice guy named Bob Bush also had a1959 Chris Craft Sportsman 17 footer. We hit it off real quick (talking about boats and not my products) and Bob started telling me about ACBS and the classic boating events and shows. I’m not sure if I made a sale that day, but I made a new friend.  And as a result of that “sales call,” we got real interested in ACBS, the members, and the shows. That was about 1987 and that was my first real introduction to Wooden Boating.”

“We entered Ain’t She Sweet in the 1989 Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance, complete with a booming modern stereo system and speaker holes drilled right into the upholstery side panels, along with the modern lever Morse controls. We got a lot of attention!  We didn’t score real well but had a great time, and they sure heard us when the kids tuned in the stereo!  We finally got “with it” and started learning about the preservation and restoration energy, and the personal rewards of caring for these wonderful treasures.”

AND SO THE STORY CONTINUES, “the kids got busy growing up and then getting married, and starting young families of their own.  Ain’t She Sweet got set-aside during these busy years and covered over in our Clayton, California barn.  We neglected her and she fell into dire need of restoration and repair. Then in 2014, with great enthusiasm and encouragement from my grandsons, our family decided to restore her – this time without the speakers.”

 

Ain’t She Sweet, Wood & Glory 2016.  Groody photo

 “With the expert help of Jim Senior Boat Company, Bethel Island, CA she was carefully restored and brought back to life and beautiful once more. We were all so proud when she won First In Class at both the 2015 and 2016 Concours d’Elegance Shows, and then the gold at our ACBS September 2016 International Show in Lake Tahoe.”

“This year we will have a new addition to our family “boat barn.”  She’s a beautiful 20’ 1966 Chris Craft Super Sport. She is on her way out from Akron, Ohio as we speak.  And if all goes as planned, we will meet with our new boat – Class 66 in Apache Junction, Arizona this weekend and pull her up to Wood and Glory. She will be in the water with you and I’ll be running along side my family again.”

ABOUT MY COMPANY  

“We started Sequoia Brass and Copper, Hayward in 1983.  Our company specializes in copper, brass and bronze metal products such as high purity copper alloys including mil spec C10100 OFE, which is the purist. Our customers include original equipment manufacturers, machine and sheet metal shops, and medical device manufacturers of x ray, radar, military, and oncology equipment as examples.  I am proud to say that we have shipped our specialized materials to many countries around the world.”

“And of course we supply the marine industry. We have the hard to find bendable copper exhaust tubing in stock as well as any other “red metal” that you may need for your classic boating restoration boat projects. We consider our boating friends as family, and we are only too happy to try to help you. If we cant help we will always try to steer you in the right direction.”

“My sons James and Erin are now running the day-to-day business.  My grandsons Justin is in accounting, Ryan works part time when he’s not studying at San Jose State working on his MBA.  Our company is in good hands as they all do a great job – which allows me to spend a lot of my time in Arizona  – developing new customers, enjoying the surroundings and buying new boats!   We look forward to seeing you again at Wood & Glory.”