Build a Boat in Less than a Week

In February 2005, John Wilson (whom you likely know from his Shaker box articles) wrote a story for us on building a “Sailor Girl”, a 12′-long boat made in just three-and-a half days (including the sail!) with plywood and epoxy , materials readily available at most home centers. (We’ve posted a pdf of the article at the end of this entry.)

John is the founder of The Home Shop, a Charlotte, Mich.-based supplier of Shaker box materials, and woodworking school where he and others teach classes on a wide variety of topics, including (natch) Shaker box building, hand-cut dovetails, mortise-and-tenon joinery and how to make your own travisher plane. For many years, John has also taught a class on making a “Sailor Girl” boat.

Next year, however, John is expanding The Home Shop classes to include more Shaker box-building offerings, so May 14-17, 2009, will be the last opportunity to take “Sail Boat Building,” and demand will be strong. A $200 deposit secures you a spot in the class. For details and to sign up for the final Sailor Girl session, call John at 517-543-5325 EST.

SailorGirl.pdf (968.92 KB)

– Megan Fitzpatrick