Not so fast. Before we build anything, we are going to draw it out with pencils. The fine and feared art of lofting occupies much of the first few days.
At lunch one day we have a great ceremony. The leaky old workboat Babson, after decades of faithful service on the WoodenBoat School waterfront, is replaced with the Babson II, which Greg, Mike, and others put together over the winter. After a moving speech, Rich backs her in.
And the Babson stands by to meet her replacement.
One afternoon we make a field trip to the Brooklin Boat Yard, the brain child of the late great boat designer Joel White, who was the son of author E.B. White. Joel’s son Steve runs the place now. Here’s the view from the fourth floor. Big place, and way high tech. But even though the lofting is all done by computer now, it’s done, as it should be, on the fourth floor, in the loft.
They have some seriously cool boats in for maintenance.
Wade is explaining about the finer uses of toilet bowl wax as a boatbuilding material.
But back to class. Here is Wade’s duck transporter–a simple way to move thirty pounds of awkward, pokey drafting ducks.
On to carvel construction. Wade getting out a strake.
And we jump into lapstrake planking.
Then head down to the waterfront for the lobster and mussel roast for one last gut-splitting dinner.
Seriously, if you are interested enough in boatbuilding to read this blog, do yourself a huge favor and sign up for any of the great courses that are going on back here. The catalog comes out in December just in time to give yourself a Christmas present. Sure, it’s addictive, but hey, it’s a pretty nice addiction.
And by the way, we are putting together a one-week course next year wherein I will be teaching the fine art of building a McKenzie River dory. Come on Down East and join us.