Youth Boatbuilding Course Offered at Maritime Museum
YouthBoat series connects students with afterschool STEM experiences
KINGSTON, N.Y. – The Hudson River Maritime Museum Wooden Boat School will offer an immersive afterschool boatbuilding experience for youth beginning in February. The YouthBoat series is an afterschool program through which students ages 10-18 work alongside shipwrights to follow building plans, use tools and materials, and put STEM skills to work as they build a boat in the school’s wood shop under the guidance of skilled shipwrights and craftspeople.
YouthBoat is designed to empower youth from diverse backgrounds, build character, and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities. Staff have partnered with Kingston High School to offer high school course credit for the series.
Classes will be taught by lead instructor and master boatwright Wayne Ford who is a master woodworker with extensive timber framing experience. The sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday, February 15–May 19, from 3:30PM–5:30PM. YouthBoat takes place at the HRMM Wooden Boat School located at 50 Rondout Landing in Kington, NY.
Students will begin the course by building skills as they cut and shape wood into a kayak paddle which is finished with varnish. They next collaborate to construct a fully functional wooden skiff boat. The process begins with interpreting a boat from 2-dimensional plans, formation of molds, and laying out the keel. Skiff constructions may involve plywood or white cedar lumber for planking, and plank laps are either epoxied or riveted to adhere to the frame. At the completion of the class the skiff boat is ready for launch and students will have an opportunity to take their boat out on the water and learn team rowing and maintenance on the school’s 24-foot white hull.
Find more information online at www.hrmm.org/youth-classes or call 845-338-0071. People who have questions are encouraged to contact Becky Sellinger, Wooden Boat School Manager & Instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the HRMM Wooden Boat School
The Wooden Boat School was founded by the Hudson River Maritime Museum in 2015 to preserve the maritime craft traditions of the Hudson Valley and to teach a hands-on interpretation of the living history of the Hudson River. The school offers diverse curriculum and opportunities which inspire skills in woodworking, boat building, and maritime craft. Also available are restoration services for wooden boats. Learn more at www.hrmm.org/boat-school.
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50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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