Wooden boat building course starts in January 2018

Faculty of Education

Dec 7, 2017

By Moira Baird

Have you ever wanted to build a traditional wooden boat?

Learn how to build a rodney – a small, round-bottomed boat with a square stern – with plenty of help from Memorial’s Faculty of Education and the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBMNL).

The 12-week boat-building project gets underway Jan. 9, 2018, and wraps up March 29.

Under the guidance of master boat builder Jerome Canning of WBMNL, participants will construct a 16-foot, four-inch rodney. Also on hand will be Jim Dempsey, president of WBMNL, and David Gill, assistant professor of technology education in the Faculty of Education.

Participants will build the backbone, placing moulds and battens, and shaping timbers and planks of a rodney originally designed and built by Marcus French of Winterton, Trinity Bay. Participants will also learn about traditional boat uses, designs and building techniques in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The course will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Faculty of Education’s technology education workshop, Room ED-3050 of the G.A. Hickman Building on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Up to 14 participants can be accommodated and the registration fee for the 12-week course is $900. All tools and materials will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own hand tools, such as hand saw, hammer, jack plane, chisels, cordless drill and bits, cordless impact screwdriver and Robertson bits, measuring tape and pencil.

To book a spot in the boat-building course, visit the WMBNL website, phone 709-583-2070, or email Beverly King at bkingheritage@gmail.com.


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