I arrived in Brooklyn which seemed at first to be just a cross roads with a store, church and inn: my destination.
The following day, I drove around the locality and immediately noticed the laid back atmosphere of the community - everyone saluting you as they leisurely drove by - it could have well been back in Ireland 20 years ago...very charming.
As I had a day in hand before the workshop commenced, I decided to find the bay after which John Brooks named this boat - Somes Sound. I'm sure there are countless more beautiful photographs taken of Somes Sound, but this is mine:-
This was my first time in a boat shop - so it was a real Alladin's Cave - so many interesting looking nameless thingymejigs!
We studied the plans and John gave us demonstrations on building the jig, cutting gains, and a variety of techniques which we would need during the build. John was in the process of finishing a SS12.5, and so we were treated to a par excellence display of finish work and varnishing.
However, because the boat was at an advanced stage of completion, I did not really get to see how the build looked like during its early stages. I was still reeling under the confusion of a new language - stems; deadwood; keelson; gains; dory gains.....so it was a drinking from a fire hose event for me!
I was introduced to the wonders of a Frearson screw...couldn't wait to get my own stock!
Back to John's beautiful finish work - the color was a gorgeous off white, with a steely satin hue. I really love this finish:-
John explained that the coaming would probably prove to be the most difficult part of the build (10 months later having stumbled on most every stage, I am not looking forward to the coaming!)
Ruth (John's partner and co-author of How to build Glued Lapstrake Wooden Boats) came to the rescue with an excellent lunch when we took time to get acquainted with each other. Ruth & John's children joined in and we were all made feel very welcome.
Back to work: John brought us through the build of the seats; lockers and sole - beautiful workmanship which did little to boost my confidence, such was the excellent standard of his work! Oh well, now I knew to what levels I had to aspire!