We got a wonderful report in from fellow Woody Boater Tom Gruenauer on his trip to Clayton last weekend. We love events like this. The Antique Boat Museum is the perfect setting for an event. But living history and a workshop is perfect. You get to see all the history behind what you are doing and just bask in all the mahogany goodness up there. If you have never been. You must.. Do it now.. Turn off the computer, put down your Woody Boater coffee mug and go. Before its winter again. That could happen next week. All kidding aside, a long summer day up on the St Lawrence is a perfect reminder that Mother Nature truly a Woody Boater!
Take it away Tom!,
Last weekend the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY teamed up with the Antique & Classic Boat Society to put on a boat restoration workshop. This was a hands-on, get-dirty, make-sawdust, and hand-plane-shavings kind of workshop.
The weekend started Friday afternoon with complimentary speed boat rides.
After the rides we sat down and got to business
Also dinner was included at the Clipper Inn, with lots of good food and meeting new boat friends. Breakfast Saturday morning on the second floor of the museum overlooking the St. Laurence River, then off to the Stone building for a lesson on Lapstrake Planking by Reuben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop.
Reuben gave out some of his own tricks on spiling, planning bevels, and fastening planks
The afternoon session consisted of Bo Muller of Muller Boat Works demonstrating “carvel planking” using the router technique. Many “students” took their turn under the patient eye of our instructor. His accuracy and speed were impressive to the entire group.
The evening session was put on by author Tony Mollica, who gave a presentation on the discovery of the Fitzgerald and Lee records, spanning the company’s boat building history in the 1000 Islands in the early 1900s.