Building a Delaware Ducker builds skills and concepts in the fundamentals of wooden boatbuilding by building a traditional workboat called the Delaware Ducker.
Wade, our Boatbuilding Instructor, pulled out these set of plans specifically for this class, because (in his words), “We are going to build the most perfect, exciting boat I can think of for around here”.
There is just one absolutely traditional workboat – a Duck hunting boat, specifically – that is great for hunting, fishing, rowing, poling, camping, is easy to transport & carry, is safe & seaworthy, and as a sailboat can be a perfect sail-training boat for beginners, or (with the big rig) can be a high-performance, planing, racing sailboat! And it’s got a great name: Delaware Ducker!
Students will be working hands-on beginning with lofting the plans to build one full-sized boat design (students will be working on one boat as a class). Additional activities include steam bending, planing, carving, planking, caulking, building a sailing rig, and more.
This 10 week course takes place on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30, beginning March 3, 2021 and completes May 5, 2021. This is going to be a good one – join us!
The Instructor for this course, Wade Smith, has been a boatbuilder and woodworker for over 25 years. His career began at the Apprenticeshop in Nobleboro ME, where he studied boatbuilding under the direction of Lance Lee. After a productive two years in this intensive working-for-learning environment, he moved into a position at the boat shop at Mystic Seaport working for Barry Thomas, researching, documenting, and replicating historic watercraft from the museum’s collection, and learning every word of John Gardner’s famed “Boatbuilding For Amateurs” course. After Barry’s retirement, Wade continued on as the Director of the John Gardner Boat Shop for 11 years, during which time he helped to create, and subsequently oversaw, an exponential increase in boatbuilding-related courses, and assisted in setting up new boatbuilding programs from Maine to Honduras. Wanting to focus primarily on boatbuilding instead teaching, he joined the team at Snediker Yacht Restoration in Pawcutck CT where he engaged in high-end commercial boatbuilding and yacht restoration for 15 years. Once again, Wade has made a major move; in 2016 he re-located back New Hampshire and founded Mill Hollow Works, with his wife Heather where he continues to implement and instruct Boatbuilding and Woodworking courses.