Published DateWOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum's popular Boat Building Program is offering two sessions of intensive boat building classes geared for novices who want to make either a canoe, kayak, Bevin's Skiff, or Passagemaker. And this year there is a new option for the Adult class: the opportunity to build your own paddleboard.
Thanks to grants from a number of donors, scholarships are still available for students in the Youth Program and families with children who participate in the Adult/Family Program. The scholarships are for youth or families who might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial considerations. To learn more about the classes, costs, or the scholarships, visit the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org. Or call the Museum at 569-4554.
The boats, which Museum volunteers start for the students over the winter, are from kits. You have their choice of building a:
— One-person canoe
— One-person kayak
— 12-foot Bevin's Skiff
— 12'6" paddleboard
— 12' Passagemaker Skiff
Costs vary, depending on the boat you chose. Current Museum members get a discount. The Boat Building classes give you a great value because you create your own boat at a low coast and learn about boats and boat building from excellent teachers.
The two sessions available this summer are:
— Adult/Family Boat Building will be held from July 13 - 21. This session is open to adults or families with an adult and child team. Depending on the type of boat selected, you might finish your boat before the 21st. At the end of the session a special launching will be held on Lake Wentworth. The class runs daily from 8:30am-3:30pm.
— Youth Boat Building will be held from August 5-16. This session is open to girls and boys ages 12 and up. In this course, you can choose to build a canoe, kayak or Bevin's Skiff. At the end of the session a special picnic and launching will be held on Lake Wentworth. The class runs from 9am-3pm Monday - Friday.
In each class you are taught the safe use of hand tools and small power tools by expert instructors, with plenty of individual assistance by volunteers. All materials and tools are supplied. You don't have to be a "woodworker." Through hard work and the help of our volunteers you will create your own beautiful finished boat you will be proud to take out on the lakes and rivers when you finish the class.
Thanks to generous donors, a large number of area youth have been able to take the course over the past eight years. The following donors have generously contributed to the Boat Building Scholarship Fund: the Captain Thombs Fund, the New England Lyman Group, the Wolfeboro Lions Club, the New England Chapter- Antique & Classic Boat Society, Jamestown Distributors, the Peter R. and Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation, an anonymous foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Rosanelli, Jr., Lois Warner, Mark and Janet Boyce, Charles and Patricia Clement, Pat and Dan Charlton, Charlie and Ilona Train and Jim and Nancy Shildneck.
If you have any questions or want to receive a sign-up form in the mail, please call the Museum at 569-4554. Applications are available online for downloading at www.nhbm.org.
Boat building classes are being offered at the NH Boat Museum. (Courtesy photo)