Brooks Wooden Boat Course

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Day

On Friday January 6th our class met for the first time at Stevens House. In attendance were Alesandra Miller, Connor Mahoney, Cole Millington, Clayton Rice, John Haile, Henry Wagner, Sawyer Rogers, Peter Nossiff, Pauline Zenker, Marty Hackler, Bella Papapetros, John Grady, Emilie Klein and Andres Herrera. We would have to wait another 24 hours for Tommy Mumford to arrive to be a complete class. This is a historic group!

Our first day was mostly introductory; there was a safety lecture and a tour of the boat shop. Mr. Grant spent time showing us tools and explaining their uses. After that we went out to the garage (it was pretty cold) and leveled off the hull to water level. That meant putting blocks under the boat carriage near the bow. We leveled the boat hull fore and aft.

Friday evening we met again at Stevens House for a lecture from local boat builder Graham McKay. Graham is this course's subject expert, and meeting him was a highlight of the day. Graham is also the boat builder at Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, MA ( We will visit him there on Saturday.

At the end of the class we were given a challenge by Mr. Grant to build two identical saw horses per team. We are broken into 3 teams and we'll make them on Monday.
The Great Saw Horse Chase

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