Monday, February 20, 2012

Boat Repair Course Begins

Brian Johnson welcomed six volunteers to the Basic Boat Repair Course at Kodiak College on Saturday, February 18, with a demonstration involving boatbuilding tools and an on site discussion of what the course will involve.

Beginning tomorrow night, Brian will teach a hands-on course on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the College, from 7-10 p.m. The course is free, and will run from now until the boat recinstruction is finished in mid- May. If you'd like to get involved yourself, please contact the museum or come down to the work site at the College to see what's going on.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Work Begins

Brian Johnson of Ocean Bay Marine and Don Corwin of West Wind Woodworking began setting things up around the Thelma C this week by building a work bench and access stairs to the deck of the boat. Their next task is to remove the name "Marina D," - the name the last owner gave the boat- and paint its original name back on. 

Brian will also be hosting an orientation meeting for interested community volunteers at 10 am on Saturday February 18, in Room 106 at the College. If you've ever wanted to learn about  wooden boat construction, from paint chipping to timber shaping and rib construction, come on down and sign up. No previous experience is necessary. The museum anticipates three months of work to get the boat ready for display, but volunteers will be encouraged to work on the project as their schedules allow.