Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mast Stand

Today Colby, Dusan, Jared, and I worked on sanding the oars to make them round and smooth so they can glide through the water. Jon, Cody, and Justin are working on the mast and they keep going down to the shallop "Jane Stevens" to see if the mast’s stand fits in the boat. Brandon, Kate, Seamus, and Dylan are working on the rudder and the sprit. Today is a work day because the school year is almost over and we are trying to make everything perfect and make sure the mast stand fits in the shallop.
Rigging Student,
Shelby Martel

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Movie, Mast Shoulder, Oars, and Lee Boards

Today we continued our work on planing the oars. Justin, Cody, and Jon were working on building a stand for the masts and rounding out the top. Wesley is still working on the sprite because he's is cutting it to fit a stand. Kate, Dylan, and Seamus are working on lee boards. Dusan, Colby, Jared, Ormond, and I were working on planing the oars down to the right size and circular index. Patti, Mrs. Chapin, and Kelsey were working on finishing the movie. Kelsey's movie on Worming, Serving and Parceling is below. Mrs. Weston and Will were supervising and helping people out.
Student Shipbuilder,
Shelby Martel

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lead for Ballast

Some people are sanding and planing the oars. John and Cody were working on the mast. Others were filling the holes and taking the tape off the lead. They also were grinding down the lead that was for the lee board. The lead is for ballast.

Shipbuilder Cody

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mast Head and Lee Boards

Today, we finished one of the lee boards. Some people were working on oars and some of us were cutting a shoulder into the mast head. I think this project finally looks like it is getting somewhere!!! People are starting to work much better together.
Shipbuilding Student,
Brandon Votra

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mast, Oars and Seizing Blocks

Today in boatbuilding we started to plane the last of the corners on the mast to make it round. We stopped using the auto plane and went back to a hand planer to finish up and get it ready to sand. While my partner and I were working on the mast, others were using saws and chisels to create handles on the oars and started to plane them to make them eight sided, then sixteen sided, and so on. Others are working on the sprit, trying to make it eight sided and getting it ready to sand. A few of the students are finishing up the rigging. They are seizing blocks which means they are putting ropes through blocks to make sure they don’t slip.
Shipbuilding Student,
Justin MacNeil

Monday, May 2, 2011

Busy Monday

Today is the first Monday of May. It’s a busy day in the shop. Everyone is working and talking. It’s loud, but it’s the sound of hard work taking place. Cody and Justin are working on power planing the mast. Colby and Jeremy are working on eight siding the sprit. Dylan is working on making the mast step, that’s what helps the mast attach to the Shallop. Kate, Jared and Dusan is working on rigging. Wesley and Orman are working on oars. Seamus and Brandon are working on the lee boards that are to help the Shallop balance. Will West is working on answering any and all the questions we have no matter how many times the same person asks them.
Patti Irish and Mrs. Chapin are trying to work out possible problems with voting for the Maine's First Ship Pepsi Refresh Grant. Shelby and I have been working on taking pictures. Mrs. Gassiline is a substitute for the day, I don’t really know how much she knows about what’s going on, but she’s doing a great job. Mr. Varney is working on helping our school vote for the Pepsi Refresh Grant money to go toward the building of the Virginia. It’s been a pretty productive day all together.
Shipbuilding Student,
Kelsey Brick

PS. We need your help in voting daily for the $50,000 Grant. See above for links.