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Oakum for caulking boats: Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
Oakum for caulking boats: Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
Descriptive TitleOakum for caulking boats: Melvin Combden, Seldom-Come-By
TopicKnowledge of the land/water and environment
Person as TopicCombden, Melvin
DescriptionMelvin Combden showing the oakum that he uses for caulking the punts he builds.
CollectorPower, Maureen
InformantCombden, Melvin
Biographical DataMelvin Combden lives on Fogo Island in the community of Seldom-Come-By. He is originally from the resettled community of Wild Cove which was resettled during the governments resettlements program of the 1950's and 1960's. Melvin is an builder and is currently building punts. He is teaching traditional row punt building at the Fogo Central Academy High School. During the fishery he was a fisherman and worked with his father and his brother fishing out of Seldom-Come-By. When the fishery closed he took a course in carpentry in order to get his papers. His father was a boat builder which is where he learned the trade. His brother is also a boat builder. Melvin picked up the accordion as a young boy in Wild Cove. He continues to play today and plays at festivals on Fogo Island. Melvin was born in 1944 and is currently 63. He has three children, two boys and a girl. His wife, Velma, is also from Fogo Island.
Location Depicted/DiscussedCanada--Newfoundland--Fogo Island--Seldom-Come-By
Extent1.9 MB
TypeStill Image
Resource TypePhotograph
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Folklore and Language Archive. Fogo Island Collection 2007-225
CollectionIntangible Cultural Heritage Inventory - Central Newfoundland
GPSCanada--Newfoundland--Fogo Island--Seldom-Come-By
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