Compass Project is thrilled to welcome four boat building crews for 2014-2015. Students, teachers and volunteers descended on the shop in September for tool and safety orientation sessions with instructors Shane Hall and Margaret Mountcastle. Returning builders were quick to demonstrate their skills and help novice builders learn how to use hand saws, band saws, jig saws and chop saws.
This year Compass welcomes two crews from Biddeford Schools on Mondays. Last year was our first year of collaborating with the Alternative Pathways Classroom, located in the Biddeford Mills. This unique, classroom-contained program offers students who struggle with the expectations of the traditional classroom find success. We are pleased to welcome back this high school crew for a second year of boat building greatness.
Based on the success of last year’s collaboration, Biddeford added a crew from Biddeford Middle School to the 2014-2015 Compass calendar. Drawn from three alternative education programs at the middle school, these students immediately impressed instructors and volunteers with their positive attitude and enthusiasm.
Biddeford APC and Middle School will build a Deblois St. Dory for Barry Worthing of Portland, Maine. Designed by Clint Chase, the Deblois St. Dory includes three rowing stations and a complete sail rig. This big project will require the students to not only build the boat, but its mast, spars, and two sets of oars. Many thanks to Barry for commissioning this project. By purchasing this boat he is not only giving the Biddeford students the opportunity to experience what it is like to work with a client, but also supporting Compass Project’s work with all of our kids.
New to Compass Project this year, The Aucocisco School is sending a crew of 15 students and three teachers to the shop on Wednesday mornings. Located in Cape Elizabeth, the school offers learning services to students with unique learning needs. This awesome crew will build a Harry Bryan-designed Fiddlehead Canoe, complete with double ended paddle. We are so excited to work with the Aucocisco teachers as they build a comprehensive curriculum centered on the boat building experience!
Finally, we welcome back South Portland High School’s One Classroom Project. Now in its fifth year at Compass Project, the class is full of both new and familiar faces. In the shop Tuesdays and Thursdays, the crew got right down to work on day one, with students getting checked out on cutting tools and reviewing skills learned last year. They then set to work on a Joel White-designed Sailing Nutshell Pram. The crew will also build oars and spars for the Nutshell.
All of our crews are planning launch dates in late May or early June. These boats, built by students to professional standards under the direction of our Compass staff and volunteers, will represent hard work, perseverance and growth. If you would like to support Compass Project, please consider commissioning the Sailing Nutshell Pram or Fiddlehead Canoe. Both of these boats deserve good homes come spring! If interested in commissioning one of these projects, please call the shop at (207) 774-0682.