This vacation “camp” introduces teens to the basics of Boatbuilding through project based learning. Through this four day experience students will complete their own small boat we call a “Jellyfish”. Made of local white pine, galvanized screws, and some water-based non-toxic glue, this little boat was designed by Professional Boatbuilder and Instructor Wade Smith specifically for teaching boatbuilding to teens, in a short time, and with no plywood, epoxy, fiberglass, or toxic sealants.
What is a Jellyfish Boat? Some people would call it a canoe. Others would call it a kayak. You could call it a double-ender. Old timers from down south would call it a pirogue; old timers from up north would call it a two-pointer. So we just call it a Jellyfish! The Jellyfish is a small, flat-bottom canoe – about 14 feet long and two and a half feet wide. It is big enough for most adults to use alone with a kayak paddle, two smaller kids can use it as a tandem canoe, and its small enough to be a young person’s first solo boating experience.
Through this four day Boatbuilding Camp students will learn tool safety using various hand-tools and jigsaw, planing and fastening, along with a general introduction to the boatbuilding process. Additionally, this course will include an introduction to local watercraft design and boating history.
The cost of this Boatbuilding camp, which includes materials, is $350. Each 9-3pm work day consists of working with tools and supplied materials (boat kits will come pre-milled – assembly uses non-toxic glue and hand tools). Students will have an hour lunch break and should bring a bag lunch. Questions about the class? Contact us for more information! Tuesday, April 23rd through Friday, April 26th, 140 Hurricane Road, Keene, NH.