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Core Skills: Lofting

Making sense of all those lines and numbers.

June 23 – June 29
Brooklin, Maine
Pat Mahon
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This is a five day course ending Friday

Without question, lofting is an essential skill for the boatbuilder. Once you’ve mastered it, you can at least start to build any boat for which there are plans. Moreover, you’re going to be able to interpret plans and better comprehend the shape of the vessel, and what the building process will be. Lofting takes time and concentration, and a good teacher really helps (see WoodenBoat Nos. 110 and 111).

Everyone should plan on getting a heavy dose of hands-on lofting and plenty of in-depth discussions from this experienced instructor. Over the course of the week, tables of offsets, diagonals, and buttock lines will all be demystified and become for you the wonderful tools they are for understanding, discussing, and building boats.

Core Skills is a curriculum designed to complement and expand on our Fundamentals of Boatbuilding class. Each class in the Core Skills curriculum is focused on one core element of traditional small-boat construction. Our inaugural offering includes topics such as planking, setting up a building jig, and fitting out a boat. While these topics are covered as a portion of Fundamentals of Boatbuilding, Core Skills offers dedicated, weeklong exploration of each of them. Core Skills classes also offer hands-on learning of many of the topics introduced in our Mastering Skills video series. Students may take any or all of these classes in whatever order best suits them.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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