When it comes to fine woodworking, Aime Fraser was one of the pioneers. She was a frequent feature in specialized magazines at the times when women were rarely profiled. She got into woodworking in New Zealand, as an exchange student. At the time, New Zealand was a hotbed of composite wood boat building. Once she returned, she kept building, and her passion was further fueled by a romantic relationship she developed with another woodworking enthusiast. Some fifteen years after her return to the States, Ms. Fraser realized one of her dreams as she started running her own boat shop.
- Aimé Ontario Fraser began woodworking in 1976, and was running The Maritime Center within the next fifteen years.
- After assembling a team, Fraser won the New England Handplaning Contest with a 9 foot long shaving of cedar.
- Fraser worked for a time at Taunton Press, and has written two books about woodworking.
“Fraser got her start in woodworking as a high school exchange student in New Zealand.”