Day one of the event involves lots of new tool skills but they were right on it and did a great job....
|then the stem is attached|
|first the centre frame must be made|
The project advances in stages. the team is divided into the centre frame making team and the sides book-matching team. Once boat are ready, the stem is attached to the sides and the sides are bent around the frame and fastened.
|and the shape of the boat is visible now|
|sides are fastened fore and aft|
The bottom has to be on by the end of day one or the boat can't float on day two - so getting the chines in and faired to receive the bottom becomes a scramble!
|this is a "Scramble" - planing and checking|
finally the bottom goes on bedded in SikaFlex - a semi-magic marine sealant adhesive, make sure you are wearing gloves! Now the bronze boat nails with everyone hammering!
|then hundreds of boat nails!|
|after a trial fit the bottom is trimmed|
Day two and the boat is turned right side up - where it looks like a boat! Now the more fiddley stuff, half frames, seat risers, gunnels, knees and seats.
|setting the knees|
|checking a seat riser|
|attaching the gunnels (gunwhales)|
|finally the seats go in|
The moment arrives when there is nothing for it but the boat must go in the water! So we load into Georges trusty old truck and off to John's quarry (HillTop Quarry).
|loaded and ready to go|
|boat builders, coach and skiff...|
|and she goes!|
And another great boat building event is done! This was a really great team to teach - we had a ball and they built a great boat!