Ron Chapman

Shipwright/Historian
Chalmette, LA

“We tamed the river and the result of that is that the natural rebuilding process is not taking place anymore and hasn’t since, I guess you could say, since 1722 when they decided to put that first levee in front of this new little city called Nouvelle Orleans.”

Ron Chapman has produced the finest pirogues in Louisiana for the past 30-plus years. He is a historian and professor at Nunez Community College. Ron is an amazing storyteller, whose knowledge of Louisiana is unparallelled. His forthcoming book The Battle of New Orleans: But For A Piece of Wood will be published soon by the Louisiana Institute for Higher Education.

Photo: Bruce France