Skills building is an important part of our project.
We were inspired to learn about Skylark IX’s sojourn in Portobello in the 1960s and the discovery that they have a rowing skiff called ‘The Jenny Skylark’ over there. A public naming project chose the name Skylark due to local fond memories of our Skylark IX. When we learned about Dumbarton’s own proud coastal rowing heritage, we decided to add rowing skiffs to our boat building programme. We deliver Skiff Building Workshops at the Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) in partnership with our boatbuilding friends at Archipelago Folk School.
We are currently building a 22ft St Ayles Rowing Skiff with Volunteer Trainees from Alternatives Community Drug Recovery Service, helping them gain boatbuilding and employability skills as part of their recovery journey. Future projects at the Museum here in Dumbarton, will be opened up to those living in West Dunbartonshire so watch this space!
During Lockdown 2020-21, we had to pause the full size skiff build and go digital, with a great degree of success! We ran two courses teaching people in recovery, how to build model versions of the Echo Dory Skiff. These were conducted over Zoom and engaged over 20 people in this absorbing and skilled activity.