Quick “n Dirty Boat Building takes place in Tatamagouche

Published on July 12, 2014

Pieces of wood quickly became parts of canoes during the Quick ‘n Dirty Boatbuilding Challenge on Saturday.

This is the second year the event has ben held at the Tatamagouche Boat Shop and five teams, consisting of both men and women, worked to make canoes.

“It’s a fundraiser for the boat shop and a way to stimulate interest in wooden boat building,” said Keith Driver, boat shop manager. “We’re a non-profit organization and what we really want is for the boat building experience to carry on.’

He said that the canoes took shape quicker than they expected this year, perhaps because some of those involved already had experience from 2013.

Teams paid an entry fee of $300 to take part in the challenge but they got to take their canoe home when it was all over. The one constructed by those involved with the shop will probably be sold.

In order to pass along boat building knowledge the shop had students coming in for hands-on experience during the spring term. The young people were instructed in everything from sharpening tools and working on joints to Maritime history.

“I’ve been dabbling in boat building since around 1980,” said Driver, who is a retired seafarer. “I really like the small traditional boats. Wooden boats are different from any others.”

He said a lot of people stop by to see the shop and he hopes they will be able to make and sell small dinghys soon.

“We’ve also been doing work on a chaloupe,” he explained. “We started it in 2010 but have been slowed down by a few things. It would be nice to have it exhibited around the province when it’s completed.