Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Shaped like a boat.

As you can see in the photo, parts of the Bevins skiffs are coming together to look like real boats. My students are very excited about the process. Yesterday we attached the transoms, and got the center frames roughly in place to give the boats their shape. We also laid out the shape of the bottom and got one cut to shape. Today we will fit the chines.

The chines are strips of wood nailed along the bottom edge of the sides that provide a place for the bottom plywood to be nailed on and sealed. After the chines are nailed on, they and the sides must be planed flush so the bottom plywood will fit tight.

I am grateful to have use of the new wood shop at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts to build these boats.

Richard Bazeley sent a link to an article explaining why sets of blocks are still the best Christmas gift. https://theconversation.com/blocks-are-still-the-best-present-you-can-buy-children-for-christmas-87171 Last year I made a set of Jenga blocks for the lower elementary school students to use in learning their math facts. Before pulling a block loose the student had to answer the math problem written on it.

The new way and more exciting way is for the kids to claim Jenga blocks for building stuff. If they can answer the math question written on it, they get to use it to build. Our students are competitive in wanting to gather the most blocks to then have the most supplies to build with.

Our high school students are also competitive. One asked, "When the boats are done, can we race?" Of course they may!

Make, fix, create, and encourage others to learn lifewise.

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