Today I received my confirmation letter from the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine. The grant writing has been kind of intense this week, so the letter was a good reminder that good things are to come.
Now I need to see if I can find a block plane, a spokeshave, a drawknife, 6" combination square, a 1" chisel, a set of bar clamps, a bench plane, a rule marked to 32nd inches, a woodcutting rasp, and outside calipers.
I may well be able to find these in the shop out in the barn. It was my great-grandfather's. And my father took it over. And I know my dad would have been excited about this class; he was a great self-taught carpenter and all around handyman.
Taking on building the oars and the boat is just another way I'm trying to connect, to bring (to row) back the father in this project.
(The picture is from the boat school. It's kind of romantic.)