They say there’s no rest for the wicked and though I’m not sure what Jay has done to deserve it, I can tell you he’s been a busy guy lately.
Following the completion of our fall dory building class last week, and a gloriously warm and bright long weekend during which we Canucks celebrated our Thanksgiving, Jay returned to the shop to welcome an all-new group of newbee boat builders.
This week and next, he has students from the Picton Castle Bosun School, a land-based skills development program for young mariners that’s running here this fall. You can read more about the program at http://www.picton-castle.com/bosun-school.html
The Bosun Schoolers are building a 17-foot high-sided skiff like the one Jay made earlier this summer. But this boat will be specially made from tropical hardwoods for optimum durability. As you can see, they’ve got a good start on the bottom.
Also on Tuesday, we had a call from the Hatt family that they were ready to make their annual delivery of naturally-grown Hackmatack dory knees. It is always a pleasure to see Edgar Hatt arrive with a truckful of carefully cut and selected knees, to be used as frames in our dories and skiffs. And Edgar knows how to pick the right angles for our knees. After all, he’s been cutting them for about 70 years, beginning as a boy accompanying his father and grandfather, and now still going with his own son. That’s four generations of Hatt family supplying The Dory Shop – how outstanding is that!
More pictures and some video from the fall dory building course still to come!