Mark has developed a reputation for restorations and rebuilds of classic wooden yachts , from designers such as Fife, Alden , Rhodes And Herreshoff . In the Pacific Northwest there are only a small handful of builders with the skills to work on these fine wooden yachts , Mark Wallace is one of them. He has a real skill at detailing each boat in an authentic and appropriate way . Currently he is doing a complete restoration of the 1934 Fife six meter ' Saskia II " Given the excellent exchange rate for the american dollar , anyone looking to build or restore any wooden craft up to 50 feet , should consider Mark and his shop for the job . I highly recommend Mark as a good honest craftsman .
- William Garden naval architect
The quality of Mark's work has improved steadily over the years that I've know him to the point where he is one of the best yacht joiners around. Combine that with his practical sailing experience and it makes his shop a great place to have work done on your boat.
- Paul Gartside naval architect
The Pacific North West coast of North America is blest with some of the finest boat building wood in the world , and also some of the finest ship wrights. In this select group I would place Mark Wallace in the top of the list. Over the past fifteen years he has carried out a number of modifications as well as routine repairs to my 42 foot Monk/Garden troller yacht SCAUP.The work has always been to a standard meeting or exceeding my expirations. In addition to the high standard of workmanship, the other real joy of having Wallace doing the job is his faultless design sense. His early training in furniture design undoubtedly enhanced his natural ability and the results are wonderful, he has a perfect sense of what is appropriate.
Having seen his work on a number of other ships apart from my own I am always struck by his lack of ego, his ability to match the work of the original builder be it Fife, or a competent fisherman building solid workboats on the B.C. coast. There is of course a down side to every great man and in this case you should be forewarned that, your being delighted with the work, and about to happily pay the bill, you will be subjected to a tour of inspection of the job, in which Wallace will point out all of what he perceives are the flaws, not withstanding your delight in his job. I am happy to give him my highest recommendation.
- John West Chairman, Victoria Classic Boat Festival
" I eagerly showed Mark Wallace how I wanted the interior appointments of my magnificent yacht to look. He recorded all with sincerity and retired to consider the schedule of work. Later we met and he quietly proposed subtle alternatives to my ideas...the design must 'Read' he described....he was absolutely right. I now own a vessel of further distinction, made possible by the sincerity of this rare Artisan."
- Lawrence Lambert Owner 'Dame Pattie'