Of Gainesville Florida has been
teaching boat building for the past 3 years through Community Education.
Bob is a Teacher by day and a boat
builder by night. He helps folks build 151/2' plywood canoes during eight 3
hour classes. They are based on Mike O'Brien's "Six Hour Canoe" but many
variations are possible.
one of Bob's canoes going for a sea trial on Newnan's Lake boat ramp outside
Here's one of Bob's students boats.
Note the dowel handles bow and stern that take the place of breasthooks or
decks. (That raised seat looked a bit iffy to me... I like to sit on the bottom
of these boats.)
Here's a wider bottomed version
geared for more stability while fishing. It's not quite finished yet.
A few enthusiastic kids couldn't
resist begging Bob to let them give his boats a try. Out come some life
vests, and after a quick paddling lesson they all had a splashing good time. Bob
has helped kids build boats at local elementary schools as well.
Bob has also built an Optimist
Pram as well as other boats. For more information you can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org