Cape Ann, Massachusetts is a rocky piece of land settled by religious zealots, pirates and witches 150 years before the founding of the United States. Simultaneously home to America’s oldest fishing and fine art community, this is an area where people are fiercely prideful. Here, blue-collar fisherman live side by side with classical musicians and blue-blooded aristocrats.
Keith Natti, a descendent of one of the early prominent families in the area, is someone who epitomizes this community. He is the owner and brains behind a multitude of surf related projects; Twin Lights Glassing, his high-end board glassing business; Natti Surfboards, his custom surfboard shapes and Pinecone Surfboards, his collaborative shapes with his son Gavin. He is also the only professional surf craftsman in an area where interest in the sport has grown exponentially. Natti Surfboards are now a ubiquitous sight at all the local surf spots. Sean Martin recently spent a cold and rainy week in Cape Ann with Natti to capture the life of a true New England waterman.