Thursday, December 8, 2011

Captain Joshua's Maintenance & Restoration Update

Volunteer Work Weekends
Adventuress' maintenance season is underway!  With both new and returning friends and volunteers, we held a fun and successful Volunteer Winter Work Weekend on December 3 and 4th at Historic Ships Wharf in Seattle.  With many hands, and support from The Center for Wooden Boats, we were able to accomplish quite a bit.  Chief Mate Sarah Felder organized the crew of volunteers as we:
  • Prepped and painted the foc'sle interior and bunk boards (Huge Project!)
  • Disassembled, cleaned, greased and painted blocks,
  • Worked on fixing our Bosun's Tools Box and the ship's boarding ladder
  • Fixed interior cabinetry in crew cabin
  • Coat of varnish on some pin rails and
  • Prepped and updated our signage
Thank you all who came to enjoy each other's company, and the remarkably good weather!  Thank you also to all who tried to make it down - we look forward to seeing you for the next one. 

Email joshua(at)soundexp(dot)org if you are interested in joining us for the next Volunteer Winter Work Weekend during the Martin Luther KIng Weekend and Day of Service, January 14-16th.  Sign up early to make sure we have bunk space available!

Adventuress' New Sails!
Everything is in place to begin building new sails for the Adventuress in January!  Students at The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, in conjunction with Sean Rankins of Northwest Sails, will be building a new Mainsail for the schooner Adventuress.  “The Boat School” is accepting applications for the 2012 Sailmaking and Rigging class to be taught January 9th through March 23rd, 2012.  And, there is space available for you to sign up!

The class will introduce students to the full range of traditional sailmaking skills, including tools, materials, design, measuring, handwork, machine work, canvas work and the range of basic techniques needed by Sailmakers and Riggers.  It is a hands-on, technique-oriented course that students will find to be a superlative introduction to the field.

This is a great opportunity to work alongside The Boat School as both organizations are learning institutions valuing education to increase awareness and skills of traditional maritime trades.  Many Boat School graduates work in tall ships, shipyards, boatshops and sail lofts across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia where their craftsmanship, creativity and artistic talents enhance their communities.

Sign up NOW for the last remaining spots; SCHOLARSHIPS are available!