LACONIA — Huot Regional Technical Education Center students spent Wednesday building a custom bob house which will be raffled off at next weekend's Great Rotary Fishing Derby in Meredith.
They are working with the Lakes Region Builders & Remodelers Association on the project, which is now in its third year, and are donating the bob house to event.
LRBRA member builder Larry Greeley of Tradesman Builders Corp and Huot instructor Matt Towle are directing the students and this Friday the newly-completed bob house will be displayed in front of the high school in the bed of a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup, courtesy of Cantin Chevrolet.
Designed to fit into the back of a pickup truck, the bob house is made with materials donated by Boulia-Gorrell Lumber with the windows from Ashland Lumber Company and the door from Middleton Building Supply.
''It's worth at least $2,000 and built a lot more sturdy than most home-built bob houses,'' says Greeley, who says that it has stability as well as light weight and rides on skis which makes it easy to maneuver across the ice.
Among those students working on the project are Tyler Nutter, 17, a senior from Franklin who says that it has been a fun project and who wants to work in the construction field after he graduates from high school. He has his sights set high and is planning on attending a school where he'll learn to operate cranes.
Also working on the bob house is John Reistrom of Belmont, a senior who spent last summer working with a construction firm and who already has jobs lined up for next summer.
Brandon Martin of Laconia, who graduated from Laconia High School last June and is currently working at Gunstock Mountain Resort, returned to the Huot Center for a day to help out with the project.
He said that his construction training paid off for him and that he was working with a builder two days after he graduated from high school.
Greeley said the project involving the students was started by the LRBRA in an effort to get more young people interested in the building trades.
''We need more young workers who learn the business the right way. With some basic math and business skills they'll find that they can make a good living right out of high school and expand on that with a year or two of technical college.''
Brandon Martin and Tyler Nutter work on a custom-designed bob house in a building trades class at the Huot Center in Laconia. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)