Boat building students on a field trip

Boat Building Updates: A Forest Visit and Planking

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By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director On the morning of Friday, February 14, with temperatures topping out at 4 degrees on one of the coldest days of the winter to date, fifteen intrepid student boat builders from Middlebury High School and Vergennes middle and high schools along with school and museum staff traveled to Ron and Karen Mceachen’s Bristol forest …

New Year, New Boat: 2020 Student Boat Building Kicks Off

Meg Champlain Longboats, Education, Museum

By Meg Salocks, Director of Marketing and Engagement Today marks the first day of an exciting annual project here at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: the first day of boat building! This year our boat builders hail from two local schools: Vergennes Union High and Middlebury Union High. Our flagship youth boat building program, Champlain Longboats has been engaging kids since …

From Tree to Stick: A New Mast for Lois

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Wood is a deceptively challenging medium to work with: easy enough for a first-time builder to work with, yet with a learning curve so steep and so broad that no carpenter could ever seriously claim to know absolutely everything about it. And while the tools have improved and techniques debated and refined, the basic principles and traditions behind woodworking have remained unchanged for millennia.

Notes from the Boatshop: Planking and a field trip

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By Nick Patch Eight boat builders from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center along with D.O. program teachers, volunteers and LCMM boat building staff have been hard at work on our new 32’ pilot gig. We are installing plank number seven out of eleven planks. Planking should be finished at the end of February. The next …

Notes from the Boatshop: Gig building and repair

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by Nick Patch Eight students from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vermont are coming to the LCMM boat shop four days a week through May to build a 32’ pilot gig.  They are accompanied by D. O. teachers Wendy Lynch, Betsy Stine and Jim Doolan. LCMM boat builders Nick Patch and Andrew Lang …