Alexandria Boatworks is Steve Shapiro
Steve grew up with an artist mother (large abstract paintings and sculptures from the Washington Color School of the 50s and 60s), and a father who worked in design, graphics and advertising but was also a mathematician.
Steve began building elaborate model airplanes from blueprints early in his childhood at 10 years old. He has always had a passion for motors and machines (repairing and restoring British cars and motorbikes), as well as art (particularly the works of Picasso). His love of water and water craft began with his psychoanalyst stepfather's 1939 68' wooden yawl called “The Witchcraft“, where he would take him and his patients for several-day-long cruises in the Chesapeake Bay.
Steve began his boat repair career between his undergraduate and medical school, training heavily in creative custom ocean going sailboat and cruiser building shop, Alexandria Yacht Co. Through this expereince, he became expert in Marine Composites (fabrication, repair, restoration).
Steve attended the Corcoran School of Art, and received his B.A. from George Washington University in Biology. He continued on to receive his M.D from Georgetown University School of Medicine.