Learning By Doing – A Profile on Michael Jawarsky

Mike JawarskyImagine if you parents decided to pack up your entire life, move to the Caribbean and buy a boat to sail around in? It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, when Michael Jawarsky was 15 years old, this is exactly what happened. And that’s where he learned everything he knows about working with composites.

The boat they purchased was the “Shadowfax”, a catamaran built by Peter Spronk of St. Martin. Made of mahogany, this boat was one of the fastest of its kind in the world hitting a top speed of 30 knots. Jawarsky and his family spent 25 years living and working on this boat doing day sails.

“We did all the repairs, built a new cabin and front cross bar. It was a good learning curve on composites,” says Jawarsky.

Eventually the Jawarsky family moved to Florida, got out of the boat business and jumped into the world of aviation. With all this composite knowledge under their belts, the transition to this industry made a lot of sense…. for a few good reasons.

“We bought airplane kits and produced them and then we’d take them to airshows and sell them. My dad was an airline pilot so it kind of fit. Piloting and sailing kind of all go together,” he laughs.

After working with resins for close to 30 years, Jawarsky and his father were starting to get skin irritations like eczema when they used more toxic products. That’s when Jawarsky realized he needed to find a different alternative.

jawarsky2“I was looking for something organic and that’s when I came across EcoPoxy. I bought a kit, built a fly bridge for a catamaran we are building and didn’t react to the product. I was very happy with that,” he recalls. “Then I built an expedition camper, used a different product and reacted again. So I ordered another EcoPoxy kit and didn’t react to it. It kind of speaks for itself,” explains Jawarsky. “I’ve pretty much got all the other resins out of my shop now.”

Jawarsky also finds a few other important advantages to using EcoPoxy. “It allows for longer work time and, when it starts to kick off, it just goes which is good when you’re taking something out of a mold,” he explains. “The longer something sits in a mold, the more adhesion you get in the mold and the harder it is to get the part out of it.”

Jawarsky now lives near Tobermory, Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula where he works with composites building all kinds of different things. We were introduced to Jawarsky when he submitted a picture to our photo contest (and won). He used EcoPoxy in the build of a Hydro One platform. They are still in the testing stages but once these platforms are approved, they could be sold all over North America.

To see more of what Jawarsky does best, you can visit his website. And if you haven’t done so yet, make sure to like our Facebook page! It’s a platform to showcase the amazing creations you make using EcoPoxy. Check it out!