We were approached to sponsor this unique boating project at UBC with some product. Dave Tiessen, Mechanical Team Lead, gave us some insight and what they want to accomplish.
UBC Sailbot is one of the most successful of UBC Engineering’s student teams. They are three time winners of the International Robotic Sailing Regatta, who are now attempting a greater feat, a challenge called “The MicroTransat”.
“The competition entails sailing an autonomous sailboat across the Atlantic completely unassisted. So far no one has succeeded in this challenge. We plan to be the first.” Says Dave.
The team has made smaller boats (2 metres in length) in the past and were made completely of carbon fibre. This time, however, the team has opted to go a different route.
“We are looking at a larger 5 m design. We are planning to build that in the cold moulded style, hence the need for marine plywood.” He supplied us a photo of the plans, but we’ll keep that hush hush for now!
Dave promises to keep us in the loop with their progress and we will follow the journey with you in our blog and newsletter. We wish them the best of luck with the build!
George Meier aboard SV Tuahine
We milled up some Fir for George earlier this year and he recently sent us these images of the hull plank replacement he did this summer on his boat using that fir! The skill of wooden boat building never ceases to amaze!
3rd Douglas Sea Scouts Boating Building Projects
We donated about $500 worth of marine plywood to this local Sea Scout project. Instructor, Laurie Armstrong, kept us in the loop with the progress:
“14 Sea Scouts arrived and after a safety demonstration by Ross (tapping his glass eye with a screw driver and cutting a wrist sized soupbone on the bandsaw) the boys laid out patterns and cut all the pieces for four boats- bottom, 2 sides and 2 transoms. The hard part was keeping parents and leaders backed off so the kids could do the work. Each crew signed the bottom of what will be their boat, and so feel a sense of ownership as well as accomplishment. The adults were amazed at the dedication and focus, apparently expecting much less. Stocks are built so on Jan 4th we will continue and stitch and glue the boats together. That should give them a real boost to see the parts they cut be transformed into boats. Then it’s just gype and sand and sand and sand …… Then thwarts, knees and trim. all a success so far.”
We asked Dave Fraser what wood shop class was like at his school Cedar Secondary, located just south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Here’s what he had to say:
“At Cedar we run a traditional woodworking program with a strong focus on wood turning and guitar building. Last year our community support workers Karen St Cyr and Brenda Stupich gave the class part of a $10.000.00 grant to help with at risk students, giving them an opportunity to make something special.
After talking with the various classes it was decided to start making musical instruments, since then we have been building various things from acoustic and electric guitar to drums and cigar box guitars. Old Morris Tobacconists in Victoria donated 14 cigar boxes to the school; this has been a very popular project.
One of the local Cedar residence, Andy Lackey, has donated many truckloads of burls that have allow the students to make a wide range of bowls and lidded boxes on the wood lathes.
Unfortunately Cedar is closing at the end of the year and is being renovated to become a large elementary school.”
Thanks to all the wonderful attendees of this years hand tool showcase. We hope you learned some great woodworking tips from the experts from Lie-Nielsen who were on-site.
Here are a few shots we took thought the two day event. See you all next year!
My grandfather John (Jack) Godson born in Blockley (Cotswolds) England, came to Canada in the early 1900’s and settled in Abbotsford (the Fraser Valley) BC. He found employment at the Abbotsford Lumber Company mill on Mill Lake. Later he met my Grandmother who was working with the cook at the mill site. They married in 1917 and lived their entire lives in their home; built in 1920.
Recently, Jan and I visited Abbotsford and the Trethewey House (MSA Museum Society). On my Grandmother’s death in 1985, the bulk of her household possessions (furniture, clothing, kitchen products) dating back to the 1920’s were donated to Trethewey House. I admit it, the pack-rat gene runs strong; somehow it’s migrated to Jan also. While there, the Collections Manager, Christina Reid, kindly chatted with us. Stories about my grandparents, their home, the mill and Trethewey House quickly filled the span of 2-hours.
Paul Fieldwick, teacher of Design and Technology at Halls Head Community College in Australia has given us an inside look at his curriculum and inspiring teaching style.
Here’s what he had to say about his student’s work:
Year 8 Wood and Materials Design
We are a typical government school in Western Australia catering for students from Years 8 – 12 (13 – 17 years old) when students join us we obviously start with the basics of measuring, marking out, hand skills, and of course safety. I tell the students that “machines do not have a conscious, they will not let go just because you are screaming in agony. They will keep spinning until part of you comes off” I usually follow this up with a couple of gory posters and stories of kids getting their hair caught in the drill press etc. My aim is to scare them so they do not get complacent.
Once the students have made a couple of simple projects, including using plastics, I then introduce the design skills of sketching in oblique and orthogonal (top view, front view, and side view). For their final project they are required to design and make a pencil holder using wood and plastic. Students are required to sketch and label their design, apply approximate dimensions, and complete a cutting list.