In the summer of 2013, I took part in a boat-building project, headed by boat building master Aaron Turner. A team of about six people, including myself, built a reproduction of Nathaniel Herreshoff’s 1889 16.5-foot Coquina sailboat. Under Mr. Turner’s instruction and teachings, I learned about wood bending, how to read blue prints, and honed my carpentry skills. In addition to that, I gained experience working on a team of experienced makers. We celebrated the completion of the project with a maiden voyage in San Francisco Bay. 
Links to the project: 
http://workshopresidence.com/collections/ aaron-turner
photo credit: Photo: Lance Iversen, The Chronicle
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