Designed for amateur builders, this kit boat is a modern approach to building a traditional Newfoundland Punt. Currently in the prototype phase, the kit includes all the pre-cut parts needed to assemble a full-size row boat.
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This one-day workshop will introduce you to the process of planking. Through hands-on instruction you will learn how to measure, shape and install a plank on a traditional Newfoundland punt. These workshops will also include other elements to finish the punt. Minimum 4 participants to go ahead.
Dates: July 13,27, August 10,24, September 7, 21, 2024
Our Week-long Workshops offer an immersive boat building experience that teaches participants the skills required to build a boat of their own. The five day program addresses traditional and contemporary methods of boat design and construction, while exploring the rich heritage of wooden boats in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Grand Banks Dory
Learn the skills and techniques required to build a 17′ Grand Banks Dory, based on traditional designs used in the Grand Banks Fishery. Participants will receive detailed instruction as they build a complete dory, progressing through each stage from the laying out the bottom, to installing frames, planks and finishing details. Minimum of 4 participants required to go ahead.
Dates: June 19-23, July 17-21 and September 11-15, 2024
Women’s Dory Workshop
In this 5 day workshop, learn about traditional uses of the Grand Banks Fishing Dory. Various designs and construction techniques are explored while actively building a 17″ dory, similar to the Grandy Dory originally designed and built in Fortune Bay. Participants receive detailed instruction as they build a complete dory, progressing through each stage from laying out the bottom, to installing frames, planks, and finishing details.
Date: August 14-18, 2024
Our Junior Builders program teaches kids practical skills while sparking a curiosity about local heritage. Participants work together to assemble a full-size dory and enact a traditional boat launch, followed by demonstrations on buoyancy and stability. Each participant assembles their own model sailboat and we end the afternoon testing them out in the nearby brook. Be sure to bring rubber boots!
Children will learn:
– types of boats in Newfoundland and their uses
– differences between a flat and round bottom boat
– modern and traditional names for parts of the boat
– compass directions
– how a boat floats
– traditional tool use, including hand drill, hand plane, and caulking iron and mallet
– traditional skills such as net knitting and caulking with oakum
– nautical folklore about boat launching, superstitions and weather
All participants take home heir model boats and receive a Junior Boat Builder Certificate at the end of the day.
Safety: The workshop begins with a small talk regarding safety and the importance of being careful when working with tools. Children are provided with safety goggles for the workshop and Museum staff are present to ensure continued safety throughout.
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Marcus French Rodney
Offered in partnership with Memorial University Faculty of Education, this intensive 12-week workshop provides details instruction as you progress through each stage of building a 16’4″ rodney originally designed and built by Marcus French of Winterton, Trinity Bay. Join boat builder Jerome Canning twice a week to learn about traditional boat uses, designs and building techniques in Newfoundland and Labrador while actively constructing the backbone, placing moulds and battens, and shaping timbers and planks.
Dates: January 9th, 2024-March 28th, 2024
Why just observe when you can create? In our five-day workshop you will learn to build a traditional wooden dory through hands-on training and personalized instruction from our resident boat builder and master storyteller. Spend five nights at a local bed and breakfast (SeaGlass B&B) and let the ocean sing you to sleep after an enriching day in our seaside boat shed. This package includes workshop registration, five (5) nights accommodation, daily breakfast and boxed lunches for one person. Add accommodations and breakfast for a second person for $25/night.
Single Occupancy/One workshop registration $1525.00
Double Occupancy/One workshop registration $1650.00
Dates: June 19-23, 2024, July 17-21, 2024, August 14-18, 2024 and September 11-15, 2024
Accommodations: SeaGlass B&B in New Perlican
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Begin your two-night weekend getaway at a local bed and breakfast ( SeaGlass B&B) and let the ocean sing you to sleep as you breathe the crisp clean summer air. On Saturday, join our resident boat builder in the Boat Shed in Winterton to participant in one of our three-one day workshops. Stop back on Sunday to tour the museum or join our creative hands session. Package includes workshop registration, 2 nights accommodation, breakfast and bagged lunch.
Single Occupancy/One Workshop Registration $375
Double Occupancy/One Workshop Registration $425
Dates: July 12-13, 2024, July 26-27, 2024, August 9-10, 2024, August 23-24, 2024, September 6-7, 2024 and September 20-21, 2024.
Accommodations: SeaGlass B&B in New Perlican
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