Please take a minute to read a letter from our board president, catch up on apprentice reflections, view new workshop projects, and learn about some facility updates here.
If you read our website or see our sign out on Rt. 130/Bristol Road, you will notice that we are continually inviting people to come visit. Thus, from day to day here at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, we never know who might come down Old County Road looking to join us for our daily weekday […]
Summer Class season at the Boat Shop is almost upon us! We are offering up 4 excellent one-week classes this summer. Coopering (Barrel-making) – June 25-29 Young People’s Wood Working (Ages 10-14) – July 2-3, 5-6 Women’s Wood Working – July 9-13 Boat Building with Bobby Ives – July 30-Aug 3 Click on the class titles to learn more […]
It is a true pleasure and great opportunity to partner with the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta on their Community READ 2017 that features the Daniel James Brown book, The Boys in the Boat. This historic non-fiction books focuses on the United States Crew Team that wins the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics. Skidompha kicked […]
Just as the weather here in Maine has truly turned to summer, our Summer 2017 Newsletter is headed to the printer. But you don’t have to wait for the printing, you can enjoy it right here. View the Summer 2017 Newsletter Enjoy!
The Bristol Mills Congregational Church approached us to help with their church bell. The wooden frame supporting the metal A-frames from which the heavy bell swings was in need of replacement. It had been built by a local carpenter a couple of decades ago, of lumberyard stock, threaded rod, and bolts. We decided to go […]
The Carpenter’s Boat Shop is remembering one of our matriarchs, Ruth Brookes, who died on Friday, February 19. Back in 1979, it was Ruth and her husband Kenneth who offered up the name, “The Carpenter’s Boat Shop” to the fledging idea of Bobby and Ruth Ives. Ruth Brookes served on the Boat Shop’s Board […]
All of the work shop space at the Boat Shop is heated by wood. This includes our main 3-story Work Shop, our Restoration Shop and the original Boat Shop that is still used by our Friends of the Boat Shop (FOBs aka volunteers) to build Adirondack Chairs. In addition to heating these spaces by wood, […]
On January 15, we celebrated our co-founder Ruth Ives’ Birthday! Sadly, Ruth died 9 years ago from a brain tumor, but by continuing to celebrate her birthday, we are able to keep her joyous spirit very much alive within the Boat Shop community and beyond. We started our day at the breakfast table with reading […]
We do a lot of heavy lifting at the Boat Shop. We move boats, lumber, firewood, large pieces of furniture… you name it. Thus, we do a lot of reminding of each other of some of those basic elements that keeps lifting safe. Bend at the knees, lift with your legs, not with your back, […]