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Summer 2012 (Issue No. 56)

FOSTERING PRIDE & LEADERSHIP:


BYB subscriber Seth Stehouwer recently described himself in an email to me as "the carpentry teacher in AL who teaches wooden boat building." After reading a little more about his program -- Piedmont Wooden Boat Works -- it seems to me that he's teaching these kids more than woodworking skills.

"We started out small building two canoes as class project and have grown from there to include the restoration of a 1955 Wagemaker, as well as numerous other canoes. As a result of these projects students are given the opportunity to learn and practice traditional carpentry skills that are quickly being lost in favor of automated processes and pre-manufactured products. Each year the students start out with the proceeds from the previous year’s sales and projects. They start with this balance and are responsible for budgeting and managing the year’s projects in the same way a small business would be run."

The program's mission is to have all students career and college ready, while teaching and developing true craftsmanship, pride and leadership. In an effort to grow the size and impact of both their projects and program, Seth has a few needs that include 1) project boats (i.e., runabouts of any size, cabin cruisers, transportation of cabin cruisers to Alabama, 2) materials and supplies, and 3) expertise – anyone who would like to share their knowledge and expertise with the program is welcome. If you think you can help with any of these needs, please contact Seth at stehos@chambersk12.org or 334-864-8863 (ext 209). A more complete description of Seth’s program will be posted on the BYB site.

 

Summer 2012 (Issue No. 56)

Piedmont Wooden Boat Works


Who we are:

Piedmont Wooden Boat Works is student lead project run out of the Chambers County Career Technical Center’s Building Construction Technologies Department, located in Lafayette Alabama. We are a career and technical center that provides hands on training and integrated instruction to high school students from the surrounding communities. As part of the curriculum students are guided in developing their leadership and business skills in addition to simply developing a technical knowledge of the subject area. In an effort to promote this area of study as well as raising much needed funding Piedmont Wooden Boat Works was founded.

What we do:

Piedmont Wooden Boat Works specializes in wooden strip-built canoes, small custom wooden boats and antique restorations. We started out small building two canoes as class project and have grown from there to include the restoration of a 1955 Wagemaker as well as numerous other canoes. As a result of these projects students are given the opportunity to learn and practice traditional carpentry skills that are quickly being lost in favor of automated processes and pre-manufactured products. Each year the students start out with the proceeds from the previous year’s sales and projects. They start with this balance and are responsible for budgeting and managing the year’s projects in the same way a small business would be run.

Our Mission:

As a career and technical program our mission is to have all students' career and college ready. Piedmont Wooden Boat Works' mission is to teach and promote the dying art of wooden boat building. Teaching and developing true craftsmanship, pride and leadership in today's youth.

Our Goals:

As Piedmont Wooden Boat Works grows it is our desire to increase the size and impact of both our projects and program. We see a unique opportunity to integrate the in building construction technologies curriculum into the wooden boat building program training students for careers in residential and commercial construction as well as wooden boat building. Through the unique draw and skills of a wooden boat project we feel that we will be able to reach an at risk population and foster growth and success in both carpentry and academics.

Our Needs:

1) Project boats

Runabouts -- any size

Cabin cruisers -- We are planning on working up to restoring a large cabin cruiser. This project would allow us to integrate cabinet making, plumbing, electrical, interior finishing as well a diesel repair into our program.

Transportation of cabin cruiser from location to Lafayette, AL

2) Materials and supplies

3) Expertise -- Anyone who would like to share their knowledge and expertise with the program is welcome

 

 
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