Big Little Boatbuilding offers a unique bonding opportunity for Adult/Child partners; Grandparent/Grandchild, Aunt/Nephew, Big Brother/Little Sister, Mentor/Mentee, you pick your team, we help you build your boat, THAT YOU KEEP!
Over the course of two days you will build your very own Jellyfish style boat with the help of Professional Boatbuilder, Wade Smith. And the best part, no prior experience with woodworking, or boatbuilding, is necessary.
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.
Made of local white pine, common deck screws, and some water-based non-toxic glue, Professional Boatbuilder and Instructor Wade Smith specifically designed this little boat for teaching boatbuilding to kids, in a short time, and with no plywood, epoxy, fiberglass, or toxic sealants. Designed while he was running the Boatshop at Mystic Seaport Museum to grow their educational curriculum, Wade has subsequently overseen the building of over 250 Jellyfishes through this unique program. This class, designed for teams/partnerships, builds one boat per team. Teams must include at least one kid between eleven & eighteen, and one adult. More helpers of any age are welcomed (within reason – check with us before chartering a bus!).
This workshop consists of two, 6 hour sessions happening the weekend of July 17 in Keene NH. Cost of this course is $425 per team, includes all materials for one Jellyfish boat (again, you keep the boat). Questions about this course and whether it’s right for your little? Send me an email email@example.com