About the Book
On September 17th, 2008 Char and Dick Hull celebrated sixty-five years of marriage. Both were veterans of World War II , had married while in the service, and returned to Dick’s home in Washington to start a family and build their first home on five acres of beautiful wooded land.
This book, mostly made from old black and white snapshots found tucked away and forgotten in a shoebox, tells the story of the
work and challenges durring consrtuction of the little house in the woods. It is also meant to keep alive in the Hull family the memory of those days when many young families built their own homes by buying fifty dollars of building materials each payday.
Dick Hull has been a boater most of his 89 years. At age thirteen he traded his mother's portable phonograph for a forty year old sixteen foot skiff. With a 3HP outboard motor, he and his buddies roamed Puget Sound, camping on the beaches and sneaking aboard the old square rigged sailing ships. Enlisting with the Navy in 1938 he later became a boatswain mate aboard a sub chaser but ended his naval career after spending months recuperating from a naval airplane crash. In 1958 the Hull family relocated to Hawaii were they lived for 21 years, While there, Dick became known for his scrimshaw and marine art work. Many of his pieces were created while Dick and his family owned and lived aboard the old historic 50 foot yacht Fugitive. After retirement, Char and Dick Hull returned to the Mainland where they built a home on Whidbey Island over looking the waters of Puget Sound. Once again they became ardent boaters and Dick continued to do cartooning and marine art work.