Classes

2017 Classes

pram

Build Your Own Mischief Pram

February 25-26 and March 4-5, 2017.

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Build the Mischief Pram over 2 consecutive weekends; Mischief is a wonderfully versatile little boat for rowers of all ages. She’s a perfect first-time boatbuilding project. At 7′10″ in length and 48” in width, she’s a stable and predictable craft. The construction is a builder friendly hybrid of glue-and-screw construction and more traditional methods. Mischief is a proven design; She’s stable enough for kids to play around in; rows well and tows like a feather. She can handle 4 adults and a load of camping gear aboard. The end result of our class will be a pretty, practical rowboat suitable enough for younger first-time boaters or old salts.

We’ll work Saturday and Sunday over two weekends to build your boat. By the final Sunday of the class your pram will be ready to take home, for sanding and painting.

Building Mischief to a high standard takes about 50+ hours stretched over 2 weeks; this includes the 4 to 5 days needed to paint and varnish. In a four day building class, the boats are assembled and ready to transport, but students usually finish some of the details, sanding and painting at home.

The tuition is $650, with a 10% discount for LBS Members.

The cost for the kit is $850 for both members and non-members (there is no member discount).

$450 DEPOSIT IS DUE THE DAY YOU REGISTER; PLEASE CALL THE SHOP TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD OR MAIL A CHECK. YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL WE HAVE RECEIVED DEPOSIT. THANK YOU



Traditional Boatbuilding,

Build the Lowell Atlantic Rowing Skiffskiff1

Build a 15’ Atlantic Rowing Skiff with Graham McKay

March 9- April 8

Thursdays 6-9pm and Saturdays, 8am-2pm

$750 per person (10% discount for members)

Non-Refundable $250 deposit required

*The entire class will build one boat which is raffled off at the end to a class member who then only has to pay for the cost of materials.

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Graham will use John Gardner’s The Dory Book as a construction guide through the course. The skiff will be built from traditional methods with the bottom and topsides planked in northern white pine and the frames, stem, and other parts made of white oak. Laps will be secured with copper rivets, and the frames will be joined at the chines with riveted stainless-steel clips.

Using traditional Lowell’s building methods, lofting will be minimal, using traditional patterns and notes and planking by eye. The skiff will be built upright so that plank lines can be sighted and the rivets easily reached. By the end of the course, the hull should be completely planked and the outwales bent into place and fastened.

Graham will cover building from plans, copper-riveting, caulking, spiling, beveling and lap fitting, steam-bending, and other traditional skills. This will be a fast-moving, exciting class where everyone will be actively involved. And if you’re lucky in the class lottery, you could be the winner of a beautiful, new rowing skiff.

 



 

INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING and TOOL USE

This course is designed for the complete novice.  The goal of the course is to familiarize those who have little to no experience with tools with their proper use; drills, drivers, hammers, chisels, etc.  This course will help you choose which tools to use for projects around the house and how to use them properly.  The 6 hour course runs 2 nights from 5-8 pm.

Dates TBD

Cost: $100