• oyster shack tour

    Mechanized Hama Hama

    June 28, 2010

    Gary (see earlier post) also shared these two photos of our own oyster shucking operation in the 1960s… back then we had a conveyor belt to move oyster shell around. Now we use a forklift and dumptruck, and our shell pile is a lot bigger.


    Joe Leonard Oyster House

    June 22, 2010

    Our neighbor and fellow oyster farmer Gary M. heard about our oyster shack documentation project and stopped by the other day with a collection of old photos to share. The oyster shack pictured below stands at the mouth of the Waketikeh Creek, the drainage immediately north of the Hamma Hamma. It’s an old CCC cabin […]


    Lilliwaup Oyster Shack

    June 14, 2010

    Our tour of Hood Canal oyster shacks continues with a stop in downtown Lilliwaup. According to John, who grew up in Lilliwaup proper and now shucks oysters for Hama Hama, when this shed was in use back in the 50s and 60s oyster farmers used to anchor big barges full of oysters out front for […]


    We’ve been planning this for 5 years, and now it feels like everything’s happening all at once. Here’s the schedule: 1. We’re going to begin moving equipment out of the old store and into the new one tomorrow. 2. During the moving process we’ll keep the old store open, and if all goes as planned, […]


    Jorsted Creek Oyster Shack

    February 11, 2009

    A few decades ago this was a happening oyster-shucking shack. It’s been sitting idle for a while now, although oysters are still harvested off the beach in front of it.


    Check out these colorful oyster shacks of Ile d’Oléron, France, courtesy of Walt. Meanwhile, last summer residents of Wellfleet, MA decided to preserve Cape Cod’s last historic oyster shack “as tribute to oystering.” Unfortunately the news article didn’t provide a picture of the shack in question.


    Union Oyster Shack

    January 22, 2009

    As we watch our shiny-new shucking and retail facility grow bigger and better every day, we thought we’d take a moment to honor the small, funky, and frequently dilapidated oyster shacks that line Hood Canal’s beaches. The first building featured in this series is the Union oyster shack, located at the mouth of the Skokomish […]