Lowell's Boat Shop Apprentice Program

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About This Kool Project

This year's Apprentice class on day 1.  This year we have seen a spike in interest in the program, especially at a younger level than we are used to.  I see it as extremely positive.  These guys though have little experience so we are starting slow.  They have been cleaning up and setting up their workspace, today they will start making tool boxes for themselves while the older kids finish a dory they mostly built last year.  By early next week we should be setting up for our big project this year which is building a Haven 12-1/2 which is a beautiful daysailer.  The project was begun by a gentleman who passed away.  His widow donated the project in it's various pieces for us to complete with our apprentices.  This is going to be a great project for the kids to jump right into the ins and outs of boatbuilding with!

Apr. 03, 2018

This week at the Lowell Boat Shop we did a lot of small projects, but each one was very important.  I worked on a spar which is at the top of the mast and makes the sail some what square.  To do this we took a square peice of doug fir and laid out the genral shape.  The we cut it on the bandsaw to give it a taper, but it still needed to be rounded.  To round it we made a jig that would draw 2 lines, this gave us a refrence point to of where we would need to plane the corners to.  Once we did that it gave us 8 sides, but that is not very round so on the high points again we planed down to get 16 sides.  After that all we needed to do was plane down any high spots and sand.  After sanding it was perfectly round and we needed to install some hardware.  Other people worked on making some of the final floor timbers, making a rutter, which needed to have lead poured to mnake sure that it had enough weight in the right spots.  Also someone made a mallet.  That is what we have done recently in the Lowell Boat Shop.

-Andrew Alwin age 15

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