Fall/Winter 2016 | Thornton Academy + Compass Project | Saco/Biddeford, Maine
Looking for to add another school in 2016!
In this workshop, high school students learn about different boat types, how to create a sketch of a skiff of their own design, and how to prepare the sketch for 3D modeling in Rhino. After training in how to navigate and take command of Rhino, one of the most advanced 3D modeling programs for designers, students begin to model their boats using the sketches. They develop a 3D hull model of the boat and learn how to analyze it. Then they learn how to prepare the model for CNC cutting. In the Compass Project shop, students receive CNC cut parts of their boats and build the models. Back at Thornton, they learn how to apply advanced math to calculate displacement and other figures. They also paint their boats and present them to the community. See Compass Project's Design/Build page.
Model Skiff Building
May 5th-7th | $100 for kit + tuition | @Snow Farm | Williamsburg, Mass
Build your own quarter-scale boat model of the classic, beautiful Echo Bay Dory Skiff. The model is 35" long and designed to be built just like the real boat. This class is a great introduction to full scale boatbuilding. The scale is smaller, but the steps are very similar. We will prepare parts with some cutting and drilling, assemble the hull with wires, and glue the hull together. On the last day we'll apply decorative trim, make a sail out of mylar, and if time allows, we will varnish or paint your model. At home you can proudly display on your mantel or float it in a nearby pond! Register at http://www.snowfarm.org/
July 9-15, 2017 | $800 | WoodenBoat School, Brooklin, ME
In this week-long class, you will learn how to take an existing lines drawing of a relatively simple boat and 3D model it in the computer, generate drawings based on the model, and how to prepare files for CNC cutting. We will culminate the week with a visit to see a large CNC router cut out boat parts from one of our files. See more about the class at the Wooden Boat School's website.
Build-your-Own Echo Bay Dory Skiff
Dates TBD | $TBD | Location TBD
Contact me if interested in hosting this 1 week course
Build your own Echo Bay Dory Skiff in one week! We start with a pile of wood, a full week , and expert instruction. You will learn new skills, work together as a team, and leave feeling fulfilled and excited about a new boat and new adventures. You will leave with a gorgeous boat and instructions on how to paint your skiff.
Traditional & Modern Oarmaking
Coming in 2018 | $650 (2016 price) | WoodenBoat School | Brooklin, Maine
In this six-day course, you will learn how to design, carve, and finish a set of oars custom fit for you and your boat. I will demonstrate the ways of working wood with the hand-tools; how we size oars to a boat; and leathering the oars. Register at WoodenBoat School.
Build a St Lawrence River Skiff
Currently Running | Compass Project | Biddeford, Maine
Looking for a new location | Contact me if interested
One group of builders -- beginner to experienced -- learns to build this venerable rowing skiff as a bare hull in one week. The SLRS is one of the finest and most refined rowing craft ever and they continue to grace the waters of their native 1000 Islands. Using our kit, we build the strongback, make the backbone, plank the boat, and turn it over for external completions. After the raffle, one lucky individual in the class gets to take the boat home for a set price. This includes the plans and parts needed to finish the boat and paint it. Or the boat can be finished in our shop. More than the boat, students leave with a real appreciation of how to set up and plank a boat and the best practices for producing a light, strong hull. Cost willd epend on the model we build: the 15' Fry Skiff, the 18' Annie, or 21' Bobby-Lynn. They can be built lapstrake or strip.