Mike Johnson is doing a beautiful job on this Bill Foster designed Foster 10 Clinker Dinghy. Mike was assisted for two weeks on this by Salvatore. This dinghy was designed for rowing and use by Bill's daughter. It will be for sale or perhaps will be raffled once complete to assist the WBC to continue its work of 'sharing wooden boatbuilding skills'.
One of our ex students Don Stratton has just donated this 1960's Ski Boat to us. There are a couple of options for this boat. It could be restored if someone would like to take on the boat and provide the funds for the restoration, then own the vessel. Otherwise we will slot the restoration into our education program next year, restore then sell on.
Beautiful retro styling going on with this one. Also a pretty tidy hull already. A good project boat.
Thanks Don for the donation and the delivery from Victoria. Much appreciated.
Last week Florian Meier joined our boat building crew at the boat centre. Florian learned his craft in the USA at the International Yacht Restoration School IYRS whilst completing a 2 year Boatbuilding and Restoration program.
Florian will assist Pete Laidlaw on the restoration of the 18' Couta Boat.
Janet and Bruce Hummerston thought it would be a nice touch to make the home port of Leshelen in Franklin. Though Janet is from Tasmania originally the association with Franklin through the restoration work on the vessel is strong. We all felt a little chuffed at this decision.
These signs expertly hand painted by Christina Kent.
Soon to be available from our front of house shop
A local removals company picked up Norm's kayak for transport to the NSW South Coast yesterday. "It's on the way Norm". A bit of finishing to do then it's ready to be on the water. "Happy paddling".
On Friday we had an extended visit from the film crew that were filming the popular I - Walker travel program to be screened later in the year. The show follows their celebrities Paul and Vicki around to interesting locations worldwide to inspire tourism experiences. It has a family audience but targets the 25 - 44 year olds. It is screened weekly in Taiwan as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Los Angeles. It also has an online broadcast to China.
The crew toured the Wooden Boat Centre, experienced a Calm Water Sail onboard Yukon and were treated to a locally inspired lunch provided by Kate from Chomps Elysees Catering. We expect Franklin to be 'big in Taiwan' by later in the year.
David Nash and Pete Laidlaw discussing caulking tools. It's funny where some of our slang terms must have come from. To be a 'caulker' is surely the welcome worker that does the caulking job for you. However both David and Peter seem to be enjoying the caulking job on Leshelen. Hoping to have Leshelen back in the water by the very end of the month. Then the work will continue, but this will be done 'on the water'.
After the removal of the stern tube
We agaonised over what to charge for this Canadian Canoe built by Pete Heading. There is about 200 hours required by an experienced boatbuilder to make the craft. So we charged much less than our charge out rate but in an affordable range. All money made from the sale of this craft will be reinvested into the operations of the Wooden Boat Centre. This will be used to share knowledge and skills of wooden boatbuilding.
Rob Taylor volunteers with us on Thursdays. As a retired builder he is keen to keep his hands on the tools but not too often. He is building the first 'Jolly Rocker' boat shaped childs rocker that should soon be for sale through our gift shop. The rocker is mostly made of plywood with a Tas Oak rocking mechanism. It will have speciality timber features - knees, thwart and breastplate. Rob has used the stitch and glue technique on the construction.
Lara is just piecing together the last few strips of the deck on her strip planked kayak. Then the fairing begins...