Rossel to teach half model building

Jul 01, 2018
Greg Rossel

Searsport — Renowned boat-building instructor Greg Rossel will lead a two-day class on building two half models from templates and taking lines from the model to build full scale at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Hamilton Learning Center, Route 1. The class will run Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration deadline is Saturday, July 14.

Rossel is the author of "Building Small Boats," co-author of "Kayaks You Can Build" and a longtime contributor to WoodenBoat magazine.  He taught Searsport District High School students the mathematical and scientific principles of boatbuilding with a resulting fleet of shellback dinghies; and is a regular instructor at Wooden Boat School.

Students have the choice of three different boats’ templates to cut out and assemble; they will bring their own set of plans and use it as a template for making their own half model, to be completed at home. The next day, students will start their second model; finish off their first model; and learn how to take lines from a model.

Cost is $250. Lab fees include selection of woods and laminated blanks for carving a waterline lift model, backboard and glue. To register, call 548-2529 or email Those unable to bring their own hand tools should contact PMM.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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