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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund Boat Building Experience, my latest Community Project - Let's build a boat together! For ages 12 to 99

Faversham, UK

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Building a wooden boat, getting into it and on to the water is magical! It can be a life changing experience. Continuing from our success with Boat Camp for children and several boat building schemes with adults, Boat Building Experience is the new, exciting adventure where pairs of adults or children work with me to create a Joansa,

a beautiful John Welsford design rowing boat.

I don't want to charge anyone to participate. In that way anyone can come along and everything necessary will be provided. People can make a donation if they'd like to. For some it will be a therapy, others will want to learn boat building skills, many will grow in confidence and everyone will have fun as Joansa takes shape and finally floats gracefully on the water.

Not charging a fee means that I need to fundraise to cover my costs and to start the next course. Your help will mean that many people will be helped. Thank you!

Alan Thorne, Boat Builder

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  • Alan Thorne1 month ago
    Alan Thorne

    Alan Thorne

    1 month ago

    Great progress has been made by the trainee boat builders, the adults and teenagers who come along for two hour sessions every Wednesday and Thursday. Here's a photo of the four teenagers standing next to the boat which they finished planking that afternoon. And here's a link to a slide show of pictures from that session: https://bit.ly/2MmdZxT

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  • Alan Thorne2 months ago
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    Alan Thorne

    2 months ago

    It's cold! but work on Joansa is progressing well and everyone is thoroughly enjoying it. We've started fixing on the first planks and she's looking great. On Facebook you can follow us at Boat Building Experience @boatbuildingexperience In the Summer we ran a boat building course and more here in Faversham. You might be interested to see a film made of Boat Camp 2018 which shows eight children constructing and rowing them on the creek. 20 minute version: https://bit.ly/2A1DpvJ 4 minute version: https://vimeo.com/302146627

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  • Alan Thorne3 months ago
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    Alan Thorne

    3 months ago

    At the end of Day 9, the pretty lines of Joansa are clearly visible...

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Page last updated on: 2/1/2019 16.39

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28

  • Simon

    Simon

    Feb 1, 2019

    I look forward to this every week!

    £40.00

  • Deborah Lawther

    Deborah Lawther

    Feb 1, 2019

    Finally got here, Alan!

  • Karen Page

    Karen Page

    Jan 31, 2019

    Lovely to these skills being passed on to a new generation and let's hope Faversham Creek can be enjoyed on the water as well as beside it.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 31, 2019

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 31, 2019

    Hi Alan - donation from FCT. Best wishes. Ann

  • Megan Farmer

    Megan Farmer

    Jan 22, 2019

    I like this project so much I'm donating again. Please give whatever you can to support this fantastic community initiative.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 19, 2019

    £10.00

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Alan Thorne

Alan Thorne

Faversham, UK

I have worked with kids and adults, teaching sailing and boat building over many years. I've worked with young offenders and run workshops. I like introducing people to new skills and encouraging folks to go boating for fun.

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