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Intro to Boat Building - Steam Bending Wood

Aug 25, 2018

8/25/2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM ET



 

We are 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. Please register at www.galacommunity.org, or by calling 603-539-6460.

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