Thursday, March 18, 2010
Building a John Gardner Bank Dory
We've been working on this project for about a month now. The young people building the Bank Dory don't get much time out of their day to play in shop class, building boats. There are now six students, five boys and one girl.
They come and go at various times, which they tell me are the class periods, but what do I know? I'm sure some of them take advantage of my ignorance of their system.
No one in this group knew anything about using hand tools a month ago, much less power tools. They've learned quickly, and I'm very happy with them.
They may be having a bit too much fun, we get warning glances and occasional comments from the teacher.
Work should be fun. Learning should be fun.
We're fitting the bottom and the keel right now. Next week is spring break and a vacation for Doryman, during which time he will scramble to get caught up with a backlog of work.
The first local boat show of the year, in Depoe Bay, Oregon is coming up in a month and my good friend Rick Johnson and I will be building a clinker nutshell pram as a demonstration, so we need to get that set up soon.