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It’s with enormous sadness that we announce that Brion, surrounded by his family, passed away from cancer on June 6th, 2020. You can find an announcement and a celebration of Brion’s remarkable life and contributions to the maritime community here on Facebook: Brion Toss Life Memories. All of us here would greatly appreciate your memories and thoughts posted or sent to addresses provided there.

Brion’s legacy, rigging expertise, and the rigging shop he started will live on in the capable hands of partner Ian Weedman, who began as an apprentice right here 20 years ago before striking out on his own, then returning as a full partner. Ian and Christian and fellow riggers Jen and Matt (also former apprentices and now full journeymen) will continue the high standards of rigging work his shop is known for.


Never fear! The shop is still open and we are hard at work here with some sensible social distancing precautions thrown in the mix! Don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or e-mail if you’re taking this time to dive into any long-neglected maintenance or overhaul work on your boat… we’re available for consultations and jobs.


October 2/3/4

Our Fall Rig Your Boat Workshop is back on the menu! Three days of detail-oriented investigations into the nuts, bolts, splices, blocks, spars, machinery and tools of rigging, led by expert Ian Weedman at our loft in Port Townsend. As always, every workshop is fine-tuned to explore questions about your boat, your rig plan, and your deck plan to help you understand and plan for exactly the factors and forces you’ll need to account for to rig your own boat!

Click Here To Book A Spot Today!


New e-book from Brion Toss.

Now Available on Amazon!


“FALLING” is a sobering, amusing, and often poetic meditation on the wonders and risks of working aloft. Rigger Brion Toss takes you into a world of masts, towers, stadiums, pure air, and adrenaline as he recounts more than 40 years worth of stories of things gone awry at altitude. From dropped tools to collapsed towers to near-fatal falls, the litany of accidents and near-accidents is long… and the sometimes miraculous outcomes are both instructive and thought-provoking.

Not a technical manual, “FALLING” is nonetheless a must-have companion in the library of anyone working at heights.

Now, you can order ALL Brion’s print & audio version books, favorite tools and guides directly from our Store online and get them delivered anywhere in the world!

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See what people are saying about FALLING:

“Brion Toss is a rigging master, a fine writer, and a perfectionist. In this book he is also a courageous man, who dares to focus on failures! Now, as the man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers, falling is not in my vocabulary—and yet I must confess: mistakes have been my greatest teachers. We learn from disasters much more than from victorious achievements. So read and learn (and be frightened), so that you do not fall prey to inattention and amateurism— so that you do not fall, period. Thus join me at shouting to the guy aloft: ‘Bravo Brion!'”  Philippe Petit, Man on Wire

“All who have met Brion know he has a way with words. This is fully on display in this delightful little book, rich with experience and loaded with fascinating stories. It will entertain, and perhaps educate, anyone who has ever gone aloft.”                            Nigel Calder, Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual

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