Traditional Boat Lofting Workshop @ The Apprenticeshop
Join The Apprenticeshop this July to learn all about lofting!
Long before boats begin to take shape there’s an intricate process that builders use to make patterns for construction. Lofting is an essential first-step in traditional boatbuilding where the lines of a boat are scribed full-size, traditionally on a mould loft floor. This ensures all lines are fair in the construction of the moulds around which the boat is planked. Its also provides many other valuable details, such as the exact shape of the stem rabbet and plank bevels.
Our Introduction to Lofting Workshop will be hosted by Douglas Brooks, a boatbuilder, writer, researcher, and teacher specializing in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients.
In this class students will work at a table height lofting up to two boats. We will also cover half model making, the precursor to lofting, and go over how to move from a lofting to building moulds. Printed materials will be provided to further reinforce what is learned in the workshop. No prior experience is necessary. Students should bring pencils, and a carpenters square and a yardstick if possible.
July 22nd – 23rd, 9am – 4pm each day
Apprenticeshop – 655 Main St. Rockland
Photo Credit: Erin Tokarz