Rowing the San Juan Islands in the Drake Rowboat
Clint is on an awesome trip to Washington state. He has just finished his first Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Attendance was excellent, interest in Chase Small Craft was high, and the weather was glorious. Many were engaged with the 17' Drake Rowboat on display, built by Kent Fosnes based in Port Angeles and a Deer Isle Koster built by Steve Borgstrom on Bainbridge Island. Both boats were sold as precut plywood kits and plans packages and cut in Port Townsend, WA.
It is more than likely that I will be back in Port Townsend next year for the 41th Wooden Boat Festival! I loved this event and the people.
Next Clint is off for the San Juan islands in a borrowed Drake 17 but after a little daysail in the Bainbridge Deer Isle Koster.
Thank you to Kent and Steve for your business, support, and encouragement!
Professional Results from Oarmaking at WoodenBoat School
I teach a lot during the course of the year. Over the years it has been a thrill to combine my boatbuilding and design training with my training as an educator. A big chunk of my teaching is at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, ME. This year saw me up there three times. The first two weeks were Computer Design and Family Week. This past week was Traditional & Modern Oarmaking.
The course begins with a thorough discussion of the design of oars, looking at examples of finished oars and ones in progress. We overview the process of making a good oar and begin parsing through the patterns.
Every students gets their own pattern that meets meets their needs. Throughout the week students whittle down the 2x6 Spruce to something that looks like an oar. Ultimately, they come away with a great set of oars that have the features I have learned are important as a rower and professional oarmaker. More than that, I feel, they leave with an understanding of the process and some enhanced hand-tool skills, as well.
Lookout for next year's Workshops and Classes schedule to learn more about the offerings for 2017.
Build Your Own Echo Bay Dory Skiff
It was a very busy, but highly productive week before last at WoodenBoat during the School's biannual Family Week. Four families each build their very own Echo Bay Dory Skiff, a 12-foot sailing and rowing dinghy. The started with cutting out parts, making the parts, assembling the hull, building the interior and two boats are getting readied for paint at home, one in Belmont, Mass and the other in Kansas City. The two others are at the Chase Small Craft shop where they will be prepared for paint and rigged.
A lot is in the works here at the shop and off site:
- Currently cutting 4 Echo Bay Dory Skiffs for Family Week teaching at WoodenBoat
- The new generation Goat Island Skiff kit is out. Yesterday we cut one and the next several days I am adding the timber kit to the plywood kit shown in the photo.
- The mkII Calendar Islands Yawl (replaces Mk1) will be featured in WoodenBoat's Small Boats 2017 print addition which usually comes out at the end of the year. The latest kits for this model are in production. Two are being cut and shipped in August and inquires are starting to roll in!
- Never hesitate to call -- 207-602-9587 -- or email but I may be a little longer in getting back to you as I am in high season and often away from my shop in the summer.