Forks in the Road

Tom Chapman


Boatbuilding in Maryland - Carpenter:  Topaz Marine, Dickerson Boatbuilders, Bachelor Point Yachts, Oxford Yacht Agency

Diamond Light Ocean Services: Created company which purchased and re-sold ocean transport news from worldwide press agencies to commercial and military clients based on information needs. Designed and built distribution network with html and FirstClass software.

50TON Captains License - Near Coastal with USCG Towing Endorsement (not current)

Bareboat charter: Cheseapeake Bay, Bahamas, Abacos, Exumas, Windward Islands, Virgin Islands

Crew: Bar Harbor, Maine - Annapolis, Maryland;  Dutch Harbor, Alaska - San Francisco (offshore); Astoria, Oregon - SF; SF - Astoria; Panama Canal - Cancun, Mexico.  Marshall Islands.  Ecuador.

Single-handed:  Astoria, Oregon - Crescent City, California;  Astoria - Barkley Sound, British Columbia.

Boats: Cape Dory Typhoon, Vindo, Bristol Channel Cutter (barehull), Alajuela 38

Atlantic crossing: Yugoslavian freighter ZVIR.  Savannah, Georgia - Morocco and Italy.

US Coast Guard
Search & Rescue - 40ft motor vessels. Miami, FL
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. Hillsboro, FL
Hospital Corp School, USN, Great Lakes, IL
Advanced medical training. USCG Academy. New London, CT
Helicopter Aircrew Flight School. HH52. Icebreaker Support (IBSEC) Mobile, AL
Icebreaker Support Unit. USCGC EDISTO. Boston, MA - Arctic Circle
Icebreaker Support Unit. USCGC BURTON ISLAND. Long Beach, CA - McMurdo Station, Antarctica.


Researcher and writer
Long and Associates, Educational Consultants, Warren, OR
Researching green workforce development programs of US colleges which emphasize sustainability and job growth, specifically in areas of alternative energy. Develop and write history of the programs. Provide web content for SEED (Sustainability, Education, and Economic Development).

Ranger Assistant
Ecola State Park, Clatsop County, Oregon
General park maintenance including carpentry, landscaping, and plumbing; ticket booth operations including bank deposits and credit card transactions; traffic control and monitoring park usage; provided historical, geographical, and geological background information for park users; communications with local agencies regarding law enforcement and rescue operations.

Thomas Chapman LLC CCB#169252 1998-2010 Oregon
General Contractor. Specialized in residential construction, wearing many hats: design software, lead generation, sales, contract negotiation, subcontractor supervision, onsite project management, accounting, marketing, communications with city and county agencies. Twenty years hands-on experience in all phases of carpentry, woodworking, cabinetry, boatbuilding, concrete, laminates, tile, drywall, etc. Troubleshooting skills in diesel mechanices, electrical, and plumbing.


Assisted low income seniors with disabilities in remaining in their homes by building wheelchair ramps and remodeling bathrooms. Colombia County, OR

Member of the University of Oregon Good Samaritan Policy team.


Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Antarctica, New Zealand, Tahiti, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Windward Islands, Greenland, Labrador, Arctic Circle, Morocco, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Panama.


San Francisco Art Institute   BFA - Sculpture
American University, Washington, D.C. Graduate Studies -  Art History


Family.  Sailing.  Chinese wilderness poetry.