Intro to Wooden Boat Building

Come Learn how to

Steam Bend Wood

With Geoffrey Burke

Saturday, August 25th, 9-11 am
In the barn behind The Other Store
at 85 Main St.
Tamworth, NH

We are so excited to announce the next feature in our 2018 NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills. Workshops are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience.  Our next workshop is an Introduction to Wooden Boat Building – Steam Bending Wood with Geoffrey Burke. This workshop takes place on Saturday, August 25th from 9 – 11 am at the barn behind the Other Store in Tamworth, NH at 85 Main St. This workshop is generously funded by the Tamworth Foundation and comprises a series of five Tamworth workshops. We are very excited for this next feature!

Tamworth resident Geoffrey Burke has been a professionally building all-wood traditional small craft for over 35 years. He has taught boatbuilding for many years and in many locations including the WoodenBoat school in Brooklin, ME, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT,  and our own Community School in Tamworth, NH.

‘Traditional small craft’ is a generic term used to describe any of the hundreds of small wood boats used for hunting, fishing, and transportation in pre-industrial society. Northern New England has a rich legacy with hundreds of different models of boats all adapted to specific jobs and environmental conditions. We are also blessed with a wide variety of some of the very best boatbuilding wood in the world.

In this workshop we will steam bend wood into curved shapes that could be used to build boats. While really a very simple process, there is a degree of the mysterious to take a thick stiff oak and bend it into a circle! All participants in the workshop will have a chance to bend a piece of wood into an interesting shape or maybe even tie it into a knot. No previous experience is necessary and please come prepared with a pair of work gloves.

This workshop takes place on Saturday, August 25th from 9 – 11 am at the barn behind the Other Store in Tamworth, NH at 85 Main St. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15 to hold your place. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. You can register online on the right side of this page or by clicking HERE. If you need assistance, please call us at 603-539-6460.

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Community Contra Dance, Saturday July 28th

G.A.L.A.’s next Community Contra Dance is Saturday, July 28th at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10pm. No partners needed, family-friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening. This month’s instruction and the evening’s calls will be from contra caller Jacqueline Laufman accompanied by piano accordion player David Moore.

Jacqueline Laufman has played the fiddle for traditional dances for over 30 years. She loves the absolute joy of people dancing together! The terrific, driving sound of jigs and reels on fiddle, piano, flute, banjo, or guitar coupled with the rousing camaraderie of musicians playing those instruments is one of the best things in life. Jacqueline has earned her living playing fiddle, has several recordings, and co-authored an educational book-CD-DVD package great for teachers. David Moore plays the piano accordion at dances and other events throughout New England with the gypsy jazz band Through the Culvert. He was previously a member of the bluegrass band Pressure’s On. He offers 5-string banjo and piano accordion lessons in Lee, NH.
The dance takes place on Saturday, July 28th at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live musical performance.

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome! Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors. See G.A.L.A. at www.galacommunity.org, for volunteering or more information or contact josh@galacommunity.org, 603-539-6460.

Community Contra Dance with Old Favorite

This month’s Community Contra Dance organized by local nonprofit Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) will feature the five-piece band Old Favorite and caller Don Veino. The dance takes place on Saturday, June 23rd at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro’s Town Hall from 7-10pm. No partners needed, family-friendly, and dancing is easily learned by all ages in the first couple dances of the evening.

The five band members of Old Favorite are old friends, who began playing together once a week for the sheer pleasure of it. And eventually, the music got so good that the band named itself—for an old Irish tune—and began playing out, first at contra dances and festivals, and then in clubs and concerts. The band knows how to drive ‘er, as they say at Cape Breton dances. Bringing disparate backgrounds, but sharing a love for well-played tunes and well-wrought songs, Old Favorite features Emery Hutchins on concertina and bodhran; flute player Sarah Hydorn; fiddler Burt Feintuch; guitarist and vocalist John Carew, and Bill Zecker on piano and octave mandolin. Don Veino is a caller out of Concord, MA who says, “I love to create opportunities for dancers to have fun, no matter the group size or level of experience.” Don has called at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) multiple times, starting in 2015 and is excited to call his first dance for the G.A.L.A. Community.

The dance takes place on Saturday, June 23rd at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live musical performance.

The Contra Dance admission is $8.00-adults; $5.00- 6-18; 5-and under free. Large families or those under financial hardship are encouraged to pay only as able since all are welcome! Bring an extra pair of non-black-soled shoes, or brush them at the door to protect the wooden floors. See G.A.L.A. at www.galacommunity.org, for volunteering or more information or contact josh@galacommunity.org, 603-569-1500.

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