Ever thought about building your own one-room cabin in the woods, by a lake, and living off the grid for a couple years? That’s what Henry David Thoreau did in 1845, writing the essay “Walden”, that made him The Godfather of self-reliance and simple living.
But did you know that six years earlier, he had what is an equally-appealing adventure today: In 1839, when he was 22, he and his 24-year-old brother John built a small dory – christened “Musketaquid”, and spent two weeks exploring from their home in Concord Massachusetts, to Concord New Hampshire, and back – what we would today call “camp-cruising”. Henry David wrote the book of that voyage while he was living in the cabin at Walden: “A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”.
Building the Walden Dory course will re-create “Musketaquid” through the details Thoreau included in the book. Students will take the information contained within “A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers” to determine the boat’s building plan. The course will then recreate a full-size replica including design, lofting, pattern making, framing, set-up, and lapstrake planking.
This special course is being taught by Professional Boatbuilder Wade Smith, having over 25 years of professional experience with 13 of those years spent running the Mystic Seaport Boat Shop, Wade has extensive experience in building boats of all sizes and recreating historical watercraft.
This course runs 6 consecutive days starting July 29th through Aug 4rd 2019. Students should be familiar with “A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers” and are encouraged to bring a copy of the text to class. Classes run daily 9am to 5pm, with a break for lunch. Walden Dory Students will have the option to add on Wade’s “Rig Design” course at a discounted price, which runs later in Aug 2019 and includes designing and making a sailing rig.
Out-of-state students are encouraged to contact us for help in finding accommodations.